The Connection Between Local News and Voting

Citing the Pew Research Center and the Knight Foundation, in Civic Engagement Tied to Local News Consumption, Pew Survey Finds, Lauren Karch examines the relationship between local news consumption and voting. Finding from a Pew report that civically-engaged residents used the most diverse set of local media, had more conversations about local news with other residents, and got more of their news online, Karch seems to be describing some of priciples driving our own local online news co-op, Haverhill Matters.  

"... civically-engaged residents used the most diverse set of local media, had more conversations about local news with other residents, and got more of their news online."

Hundreds of community members will have the opportunity to participate in news gathering, as members of Haverhill Matters. Haverhill Matters needs to be online, to escape the economics challenging newspapers. And Haverhill Matters is designed to foster conversations.

Written on election day, the article also finds a connection wo voting: Last year, a report from the Knight Foundation (a partner in the Pew study) showed that millennial voters who do not vote in local elections feel uninformed about local candidates or issues, or believe there is not enough news coverage of local elections. Maybe we can add one more benefit to the Haverhill Matters list: improving local lection turnout.

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