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Local news is not a scalable model, but rather it is a public good. It is vital, therefore, that solutions are found to save local newspapers. The consequences for local communities if their local newspapers disappear are profound: less local news will be reported, few courts will be covered, and local government will not be scrutinised.

‘Ireland’s local newspapers suffer in the transition from print to online’: An extract from the book about local journalism What do we mean by local?* is by Tom Felle, a former Irish Independent reporter who now lectures in journalism at Limerick university.

I disagree. So do the general public

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