Supporting local journalism supports this community

The Local Journalism Sustainability Act was recently introduced in the House and has now been introduced in the Senate — and will benefit every member of this community. Unlike many issues in Washington, this legislation has bipartisan support and is focused on delivering benefits to local communities across the U.S. by sustaining local news organizations, including this newspaper.

Newspapers are facing significant fiscal challenges due to technological disruption, including Google’s and Facebook’s use of newspapers’ content without compensation. This legislation provides an important, but temporary means of support to help newspapers with needed transition, and it deserves the support of Congressional representatives across the country.

Dean Ridings is CEO of America's Newspapers, an organization committed to explaining, defending and advancing the vital role of newspapers in democracy and civil life. Learn more at

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