A new public survey by Pew Research Center has made two findings that are not surprising, but they should deeply disturb all of us.
First, 71 percent of Americans think local news outlets are doing well financially. (Not true!)
Second, fewer than one in six Americans are paying anything for local news. (Come on, people!)
These two numbers speak to the massive predicament that local reporters, editors and publishers find themselves in. There is a deep ignorance among the public about us.