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The race to fill local newsrooms

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Efforts to fill local newsrooms are ramping up as the industry continues to face rapid cuts, consolidation and closures.

Why it matters: The death of local news in America is routinely cited as one of the country's biggest threats to democracy. With fewer opportunities in local journalism and less job security at the local level, finding talent to fill local newsrooms has become a center of focus.

Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald continue streak of local newsroom unionization

The Miami Herald's newsroom.
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U.S. media conglomerates are trying to hold on in struggling newspaper markets, while their reporters, editors and photographers are unionizing to protect their rights.

Driving the news: McClatchy, a major newspaper publisher, saw two of its papers forge ahead with plans to unionize in October. Staff at the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, the paper’s Spanish-language outlet, cited concerns over pay, leave, hiring and decision-making. A count on Wednesday declared the union drive a success by a 66-24 vote.