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Community Journalism


Despite the endless struggles, including circulation and revenue declines and increasing digital competition, that larger daily print newspapers have been battling for years, geographicallybounded, small-town weekly print newspapers across the United States continuously remain vital to their communities in the digital age because they remain faithful to their fundamental function as providers of reliable and relevant news to their audiences. This essay explores why these media remain relevant to their audiences in a global society. Ultimately, the researcher suggests geographically-bounded U.S. weekly print newspapers aren’t facing the same struggles as their larger brethren, the daily newspapers, and audiences across the board want local news in the global and digitally-transformed era because the local content generates a sense of connectedness to a place for news consumers by socially, politically, and economically mapping out community landscapes in a way that helps them make sense of their worlds.