Study: Local TV News Suffering

M. Spencer Green

Without local TV news, how will the next generation know how much to appreciate Ron Burgundy? Local TV news is apparently going the way of the print dinosaur, suffering from “shrinking pains,” according to a study released Monday by the Pew Research Center. “This adds up to a news industry that is more undermanned and unprepared to uncover stories, dig deep into emerging ones or to question information put into its hands,” writes the study’s main author, Amy Mitchell. And apparently nobody is even paying attention to the dire circumstances for media: 60 percent of respondents said they had heard little or nothing about struggles in the industry. One bright spot for aspiring bloggers: 50 percent of respondents said they use digital media daily for news.