Local Journalism Sustainability Act would protect struggling news outlets

The NewsGuild-CWA enthusiastically supports a bill that would provide a path to financial stability for struggling local newspapers, digital-only publications and local television and radio stations through a series of tax credits.

“The Local Journalism Sustainability Act would provide a much-needed boost to save local news jobs,” said NewsGuild President Jon Schleuss. “Half of America’s journalism jobs have been wiped out in the past decade and the losses have accelerated during the pandemic.

“The erosion of local news puts our democracy at threat of extinction,” he said. We enthusiastically support this plan to save local news.” 

The Local Journalism Sustainability Act was introduced in the Senate in July by Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR). Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced a bipartisan version of the bill (H.R.3940) in the House in June.

Read a one-page summary of the bill here.