America’s local journalism crisis

It’s a lot worse than you think

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I wrote a reported piece about American’s local journalism crisis and how Andrew Yang was the only presidential candidate that proposed legitimate solutions (or even looked like he cared about the crisis at all).

The piece won one of my two National Silver Medals in 2020 from the Scholastic Writing Awards and was included in Scholastic’s Best Teen Writing of 2020 edition. I think reporting the piece out and thinking critically about local journalism really helped me not only appreciate my local newspaper but value it even more. I know heading into the media industry, the dream is that New York Times byline. But let’s not ever forget that local news is just (and in some cases even more) important than national outlets. Remember to read and support (and pitch) your local paper!

You can read the piece in a PDF version of Scholastic’s Best Teen Writing of 2020 and also on their website.

Freelance journalist in The New York Times, Business Insider, GEN, Elemental, and more. 📧: rainierharris3@gmail.com

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