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No 447:
Geography and Media – Does a Local Editorial Office Increase the Consumption of Local News?

Orsa Kekezi () and Charlotta Mellander ()

Abstract: Urbanization and new digital technologies have significantly altered the news media industry. One major change is the disappearance of local editorial offices in many regions. This paper examines if there is a relation between access to local media in terms of editorial offices and journalists, and the likelihood of the public consuming local news. The study builds on fine level data for Sweden in 2006 and in 2013, allowing for a comparison of trends. Our results suggest that the existence of an editorial office in the municipality is not significantly related to the consumption of local newspapers but that accessibility to employed journalists who live in the municipality is.

Keywords: urbanization; digitization; editorial offices; journalist location; local media access; media consumption; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: O33; R22; R23; (follow links to similar papers)

28 pages, February 23, 2017

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