Civic engagement -- Influence of media industries on, Mass media -- Social aspects, Newspapers -- Political aspects
Using data from the 2008 and 2009 Current Population Survey conducted by the United States Census, this article assesses the year-over-year change in the civic engagement of citizens in America’s largest metropolitan areas. Of special interest are Denver and Seattle, where the Rocky Mountain News and Seattle Post-Intelligencer closed during the intervening year. The data from the CPS indicate that civic engagement in Seattle and Denver dropped significantly from 2008 to 2009 – a decline that is not consistently replicated over the same time period in other major American cities that did not lose a newspaper. The analysis suggests that this decline may plausibly be attributed to the newspaper closures in Seattle and Denver. This short-term negative effect is concerning –and whether it lasts warrants future attention.
Shaker, Lee, "Dead Newspapers and Citizens’ Civic Engagement" (2014). Communication Faculty Publications and Presentations. 17.