From 2020 onwards, New York City’s public agencies will spend half—or more—of their yearly advertising budgets in local and ethnic news outlets, following an executive order by mayor Bill de Blasio.
Signed on Wednesday, the order seeks to support grassroots media publications and help diverse communities (particularly non-native English speakers) access information about public services.
Civil society has responded by advocating governments invest directly in local news organisations, arguing citizens cannot make informed choices without reliable, relevant data.
Ultimately, the debate hinges on whether accessing accurate, relevant news constitutes a public service—and who you prefer your outlets depending on.
Should regional councils subsidise local journalism?
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