Media Deserts: Monitoring the Changing Media Ecosystem
This chapter describes the Media Deserts Project, which allows researchers to monitor the health of media ecosystems and provides a valuable tool in policy and resource allocation. By mapping circulation data onto geographies, the Media Deserts Project relies on a geographic framework and a geographic information system technology to assess and track the changes in the information health of communities across the USA. The team behind the project is working to create new mapping tools for researchers, policymakers, and local leaders to help them identify communities lacking access to local news and information, as well as measure trends in access to critical news and information needs and where valuable human and capital resources might be deployed to establish or restore news and information coverage.
KeywordsGeographic Information System Daily Newspaper Newspaper Coverage Local News Circulation Data
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