Article (The Washington Post): What happens to local news when there is no local media to cover it?

The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi published a story investigating East Palo Alto and the hole leftover by a disappearance of local newsrooms, or a “news desert.” When newsrooms shutter, how does a community know about itself and what happens to measuring accountability of public officials, the school board, economic developments and other public matters? Mr. Farhi references Penelope Muse Abernathy’s research on newspaper ownership.