KTH/CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation
Geography and Media – Does a Local Editorial Office Increase the Consumption of Local News?
() 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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