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Sometimes weeks go by with scant attention to America’s local journalism crisis and what’s lost as newspapers disappear. Then there are times when the situation receives extraordinary coverage, like it has in late November.
November 29, 2023 - The News/Media Alliance applauds the Canadian government for today’s deal with Google for its payment for the use of valuable news content on its Search platform. The amount negotiated is reported to be $100 million per year, down from the $172 million called for by the Canadian government.
Congress has developed legislation targeted specifically at converting struggling newspapers into sustainable businesses. The Community News and Small Business Support Act would provide temporary tax credits to inject resources into local newsrooms and incentivize small business advertising partnerships.

Industry people
In this new leadership position, Aron Pilhofer will lead the Star Tribune’s efforts to grow its digital products and services to meet the needs of its readers.
Phillip Meek, a former president and publisher of the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram, died Nov. 21 in his Michigan home. He was 86.
Reggie Ponder has worked at community newspapers in eastern North Carolina for 27 years, most recently as a staff writer for The Daily Advance in Elizabeth City and the Perquimans Weekly in Hertford.
Mike Fortman, associate publisher of TH Media, Dubuque, Iowa, has announced that Todd Benz has been named TH Media/Woodward Community Media director of sales.

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Local Newspaper Study

America’s Newspapers releases 2023 Local Newspaper Study

Greg Watson | America's Newspapers

America’s Newspapers has released results from the 2023 Local Newspaper Study, the first national research project dedicated to how readers consume local news and advertising in nearly a decade.  

“America’s Newspapers is committed to meeting the needs of our members and of the industry,” said Dean Ridings, CEO of America’s Newspapers.  “We are proud to present the 2023 Local Newspaper Study, a project dedicated specifically to measuring the difference local newspapers make.”

The national study of 5,000 respondents was conducted by the independent research firm Coda Ventures, and provides compelling evidence of the importance, relevance and vitality of today’s newspapers in the American media landscape. 

An overview of the study is available HERE.

The 2023 Local Newspaper Study was made possible by America’s Newspapers and the continued support of the Inland Press Foundation and the SNPA Foundation. Additional support was provided by Adams Publishing Group, Clarity Media Group, EO Media Group, Gannett Company, Inc., Press Publications, Ogden Newspapers, Paxton Media Group, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Shaw Media, Southern Newspapers, Inc., The Seattle Times, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate, WEHCO Media, Inc., and Wick Communications.  Special thanks also to our partners at Coda Ventures and Editor & Publisher. 

For more information about the 2023 Local Newspaper Study, contact Greg Watson, CMO, America’s Newspapers at