I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the future of the news business, this one in particular. I am oddly optimistic, and I have many of you to thank for that.

I say this at a dark time. Local newspapers across the country have disappeared, killed off by the siphoning of the advertising business into coastal digital behemoths, Google and Facebook. A recent report put the death toll at 2,500. Big economic trends have driven this; the pandemic just made it even more pronounced.

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