Penny Abernathy interviewed on supporting local news during COVID-19

Penny Abernathy

This New York Times piece quotes Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy’s U.S. News Deserts research in a piece examining coronavirus’ effect on local news as the pandemic cuts off ads and live events, hitting outlets with already weakened financial foundations hard.

Reporters Tiffany Hsu and Marc Tracy write: “The pandemic is one of the biggest stories most publications will ever cover. But it has left many of them struggling to stay solvent.”

The pandemic highlights the importance of timely, relevant information about local communities and is attracting readers willing to pay for news.

Read the full article here.