Local Journalism Sustainability Act, concerns and opportunities

This episode of Thursday Night Special focuses on the Local Journalism Sustainability Act (2020 HR 7640), the issues involved, and how it tries to address them.  It offers tax credits for local media, their subscribers and advertisers.


We invite comments about this from candidates to represent parts of the greater Kansas City area in the US Congress and others.  Dean Baker, a co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, shares some of his thoughts on citizen-controlled subsidies for media, of which HR 7640 would be one possible implementation.  Mark Maassen, Executive Director of the Missouri Press Association, provides some commentary. Professor Penelope Abernathy, who holds the Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill notes that the US has lost a quarter of its newspapers and over half its newspaper journalists since 2005.  John Caputo, Professor Emeritus  of Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University and a founder of the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media shares some of his concerns.


This broadcast is excerpted from a virtual (Zoom) forum on this issue October 3, co-sponsored by KKFI, the Climate Council of Greater Kansas City, and Friends of Community Media.  Technical support was provided by Bob Grove, President of the Climate Council of Greater Kansas City.


Image:  Albion Printing Press made by Henry Watts of London. Taken in Radstock Museum

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