FCC report finds major shortage in local reporting - KMOV.com

FCC report finds major shortage in local reporting

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new report concludes that there's a shortage of in-depth local journalism needed to hold government agencies, schools and businesses accountable. That's the case despite an abundance of news outlets in today's multimedia landscape.  

The report comes from the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates television broadcasters. It's the product of an 18-month effort to explore the turmoil sweeping the traditional media business in the U.S. 

The report's recommendations include creating public affairs cable channels similar to C-SPAN at the state level, easing tax rules for non-profit news organizations and directing more federal advertising spending to local news media.  

Responding to the findings, Ken Paulson, president of the American Society of News Editors, says newspapers have not abandoned investigative journalism, which is now bolstered by high-tech tools such as database analysis.  

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