Public-funded (but *not* state-controlled) and nonprofit news outlets are the future of journalism. Corporate-run news, especially in the United States, has become subpar. The big three cable news outlets are horrible. Newspaper chains like Gannett have gutted local news gathering operations.
@shane I think the internet and Google have done the most damage—people expect to get news for free, print classifieds make no sense whatsoever in this day and age, and there’s no money in print advertising. I’d guess that amalgamation in pursuit of greater profits turned into desperate scratching for survival. But we need local news as much as ever.
Austin.community is a new Mastodon instance for people in Austin and central Texas. Here you can connect with both local and worldwide users on a community-run server with no ads and no tracking. Welcome to decentralized social media. Enjoy exploring the fediverse!