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Media LocalismThe Policies of Place$
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Christopher Ali

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040726

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040726.001.0001

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Interventions in Localism

Interventions in Localism

From Public Goods to Merit Goods

(p.183) 7 Interventions in Localism
Media Localism

Christopher Ali

University of Illinois Press

Chapter 7 focuses on two concrete recommendations for policy makers interested in protecting media localism and encouraging local news. The first advocates for comprehensive local media policy frameworks. These frameworks must take into account the different platforms providing local news and local media, and the different funding systems as well. The second recommendation is larger in scope and argues that we need to reclassify local news from a public good to a merit good. Based on the work of Richard Musgrave, the designation of “merit good” would allow us to justify greater regulatory interventions, such as encouraging cross-media subsidies to support local news on a variety of platforms.

Keywords:   Public Goods, Merit Goods, Subsidy, Policy Frameworks, Local News, Local Media, Richard Musgrave

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