Decline in readers, advertising leads hundreds of US newspapers to fold

BA Times | March 12, 2019

Five minutes late, Darrell Todd Maurina sweeps into a meeting room and plugs in his laptop computer. He places a Wi-Fi hotspot on the table and turns on a digital recorder. The earplug in his left ear is attached to a police scanner in his pants pocket.He wears a tie; Maurina insists upon professionalism. He is the press  in its entirety.Maurina, who posts his work to Facebook, is the only person who has come to the Pulaski County courthouse to tell residents what their commissioners are up to, the only one who will report on their deliberations — specifically, their discussions about how to satisfy the Federal Emergency Management Agency so it will pay to repair a road inundated during a 2013 flood

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The Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) commissioned Plum Consulting to provide an independent analysis of the structure of the online advertising sector; the movement of data, content and money through the online advertising value chain; and potential harms that can arise from online advertising. This work feeds into the Cairncross Review into the sustainability of the UK press sector and the Government's Digital Charter work program to ensure the UK is the safest place to be online and the best place to start and grow a digital business.

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The Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) commissioned Plum Consulting to provide an independent analysis of the structure of the online advertising sector; the movement of data, content and money through the online advertising value chain; and potential harms that can arise from online advertising. This work feeds into the Cairncross Review into the sustainability of the UK press sector and the Government's Digital Charter work program to ensure the UK is the safest place to be online and the best place to start and grow a digital business.

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