The demise of independent local media

We’ll be honest and admit that a fair chunk of what we do in terms of commenting and putting our slant on local issues is only possible because of the hard graft put in by dedicated local journalists. The problem we face is that local journalism is in terrible shape at the moment. Yet another local news outlet, the Yellow Advertiser, will be shutting their doors: ‘We went out with a bang’: Thank you and goodbye, for now, from the Yellow Advertiser.

Increasingly, all that’s left are the large newspaper groups such as Newsquest, the publishers of the Thurrock Gazette. These groups treat local papers as little more than advertising platforms staffed by a handful of under resourced reporters struggling to produce content. All too often, the reporters will have to contribute to a number of titles in the area they cover. In addition to this, neighbouring titles will…

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