Editorial: Support your local paper

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: Critics of The Daily Sentinel may find it impossible to lend credence to the notion that they’re fortunate to have a local newspaper in operation.

But you only have to look to communities where newspapers have folded to see what happens when no one is documenting how tax dollars are being spent or keeping an eye on the actions of public officials.

Recent research shows that, in communities without a strong print or digital news organization, voter participation declines and corruption increases, according to Penelope Muse Abernathy, a visiting professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the principal author of a report on the state of local news released in 2022.

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