In an op-ed published by the Columbia Journalism Review. Mariya Manzhos, a former reporter for Gannett in Massachusetts, makes the case for keeping local journalists in their jobs.
Since the GateHouse/Gannett merger closed in November, discussions of the merger have revolved around forthcoming layoffs, which will doubtless damage the quality of local news coverage. But the preservation of quality journalism also depends on Gannett keeping journalists in those jobs it doesn’t cut.
It takes time for journalists to develop connections to their communities.