Importance of thriving local press to democratic engagement in elections

Local papers pledge

Short article in The Times 28 September – Owl, so far, has been unable to track down the original source:


“Ministers pledged to do more to help the local press after research found that election turnout was higher in towns with thriving local papers. For every one percentage point increase in daily circulation of a local paper, local election turnout rose by 0.37 percentage points, according to the government-commissioned study. Areas served by more than one local paper saw greater democratic engagement.

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