How to solve the local news crisis? Look it up in the library.

Don Day
Don Day
Jun 7, 2018 · 5 min read
The old Carnegie Library in Boise, Idaho. Photo by Kenneth Freeman via Wikimedia Commons

We can save local journalism. It will take a big idea and big vision to do it.

I’ve spent this academic year searching high and low for a solution to the mess local journalism finds itself in. I’ve talked to users. I’ve listened to tech execs. I’ve asked questions of thought leaders.

Big money, big impact

Andrew Carnegie. Public domain image

This could work for local news too

Libraries and local journalism have a lot in common. They both provide insight, bind a community together and, of course, serve information needs.

The details

With an $8 billion endowment, big things are possible.

US DMA map

Are you crazy? Where will the money come from?

Is it crazy? Sure. Well-meaning folks who have other ideas scoff. I’ll admit this is a thought exercise, but the current game of trying to hit singles and doubles isn’t working. It’s time to go for the grand slam — before it is too late.

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