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Podcast: What does an election look like when local news is dying?

Last Updated May 17, 2019 at 9:19 am EDT

Stack of newspapers

This will likely be Canada’s least-covered federal election in history, at least on a local level. The race to be Prime Minister will receive no shortage of analysis, but in the midst of vanishing local news outlets, what happens to the other 338 other races?

What kind of coverage can local news outlets afford to take on this fall? And when they run out of reporters, or money, what stories are the first to go? What replaces them? What options do voters have for in-depth local analysis? And, of course, how will savvy political campaigns take advantage of the situation?

GUEST: April Lindgren, head of the Local News Research Project, professor of journalism at Ryerson University

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