by Margaret Sullivan
“An excellent introduction to the essential problem of our republic. With a wake-up call like this one, we still have a chance.”–Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny
An Epidemic of News Deserts and Ghost Papers
Ghosting the News tells the most troubling media story of our time: How democracy suffers when local news dies. From 2004 to 2015, 1,800 print newspaper outlets closed in the US. One in five news organizations in Canada has closed since 2008. One in three Brazilians lives in news deserts. The absence of accountability journalism has created an atmosphere in which indicted politicians were elected, school superintendents were mismanaging districts, and police chiefs were getting mysterious payouts. This is not the much-discussed fake-news problem–it’s the separate problem of a critical shortage of real news.