Political polarization

Study: Loss of local newspapers fuels polarization

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A new study shows the consistent loss of local newspapers and journalists has contributed to political polarization, AP reports .

The big picture: Fewer local newspapers means people have to turn to national news sources like cable news to understand national politics, according to the research published in the Journal of Communication. People are applying those issues to their own city councils or state legislatures, leaving more local topics to the wayside.

StoryCorps aims to counter online polarization

The StoryCorps recording booth in Grand Central Terminal.
The StoryCorps recording booth in Grand Central Terminal. Photo: Andrew Holbrooke/Corbis via Getty Images

StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, who has spent a large part of his career facilitating conversations between individuals in person, says that the way large online platforms has transformed discourse “scares the s--- out of me.”

The big picture: Since its 2003 founding, StoryCorps has recorded conversations between people who know each other — preserving the interactions for posterity.

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