Local news matters because it fosters debate, instigates major social change and connects community members, participants at a recent conference on the future of local news were told.
“Does Local News Matter? Tales from the Trenches” offered four perspectives on the impact local journalism can have on a community and what happens in its absence. The presentations took place June 3 as part of Is no local news bad news? The future of local journalism, a conference hosted by the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre.
Local news, the panelists agreed, matters now more than ever.