As News Deserts Encroach, One City Looks At A New Way To Fund Local Journalism

A local community member in Longmont, Colorado looks to creative public financing in order to keep the news media alive in his town. Looking to libraries as a successful model of special improvement districts, which act as independent government districts to raise funds for operation, the Longmont Observer aims to bring news back into the hands of locals after the regional newspaper shut down.

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