STATE—New Jersey faces a growing crisis in coverage of news and public affairs, according to a New Jersey Policy Perspective report, ‘Less News is Bad News: The Media Crisis and New Jersey’s News Deficit.’
“New Jersey has long suffered from inadequate news coverage because of the domination of New York and Philadelphia news media that don’t give much priority to this state, said Paul Starr, Princeton University professor and co-founder of The American Prospect. “Now, with the decline of newspapers in New Jersey, the state’s chronic news deficit threatens to become an acute problem.”
Wedged in the shadow of New York and Philadelphia, inadequate journalism has left New Jersey with uninformed voters, “a factor in the endemic problem of political corruption.”
“New Jersey’s experience shows there is no substitute for a strong and vigilant media,” said NJPP spokesperson Mary Forsberg. “Those who want effective and honest government, regardless of party, should seek to remedy New Jersey’s chronic news deficit and to respond to the decline of journalistic resources.”
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