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Wither Local News?

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For the first time in more than 90 years of awarding the top honors in journalism, the Pulitzer Prize jury decided not to hand out an award for breaking news this year. Experts say the jury's decision reflects a disconnect between traditional and new media. It's also a harbinger of a local news crisis.

As newsroom staffs shrink, who is keeping communities up-to-date on events that happen close to home? What are the consequences of disappearing local coverage? Host Frank Stasio talks with Andy Bechtel, assistant professor of journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Fiona Morgan, a graduate student in public policy at Duke University and a research fellow at the New America Foundation; and Kevin Davis, editor of the Durham-based blog Bull City Rising.

Amber Nimocks came to The State of Things in January 2009. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a survivor of 15 years in the newspaper business. As a reporter and editor, her posts have included such exotic locales as her hometown of Fayetteville, Robeson County, Wilmington, Raleigh and Fort Worth, Texas.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.