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Plurality and Local Media

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedia Power and Plurality
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Hyperlocal to High-Level Policy
EditorsSteven Barnett, Judith Townend
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)9781137522849
ISBN (Print)9781349506644
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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This chapter examines the plurality of news and information at a local level, focusing on the UK. It shows how radically the provision and distribution of local news and information is changing as we transition from print and analogue to digital. It points to the gradual emergence of new news services, but suggests many of these — as well as many existing — local news services may not survive into the digital era. Their bid to become sustainable may also be hampered, the chapter suggests, by the colonisation of local space by new media technology corporations like Google and Facebook. Public policy, the chapter concludes, has yet to acknowledge the growing problem of news provision at a local level.

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