Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation,
Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

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

Orsa Kekezi () and Charlotta Mellander ()
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Orsa Kekezi: Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Postal: Jönköping University, Box 1026, , 551 11 Jönköping, , Sweden
Charlotta Mellander: Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Postal: Jönköping University, Box 1026, , 551 11 Jönköping, , Sweden

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

JEL-codes: O33; R22; R23

28 pages, February 23, 2017

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