Government support for local news

The short answer: no news is bad news. In communities without robust and independent local news, there is a demonstrated loss of democracy: less civic engagement, lower voter turnout, fewer people running for office, and a less accountable society, on the whole. That's become even more true as the pandemic increased the rate of financial decline of newspapers and news organizations across the United States.

In both federal and state-level government, there has been significant movement in the past two years to help mitigate the challenges local news organizations and journalists face.

Explore these bills and initiatives, which are updated as movement occurs.

National efforts to provide relief to journalists and/or local news organizations through tax credits, federal funding, etc.

State-by-state approaches to supporting local news through tax credits, research support or budgetary legislation.