Date of Award

January 2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Lana F. Rakow


Local print newspapers have experienced many fiscal challenges over the past decade resulting in the downsizing of personnel and the consolidation of other resources. This restructuring ultimately affects its readers who may not receive the level of local information they need to further the ideals of civic engagement and democracy within their community. This study examines the relationship between media ownership and the amount of local news found within one newspaper serving a mid-size Midwestern city. This research was conducted through comparisons of the number of articles, column inches, and local reporter data in the newspaper’s two primary news sections over a ten-year period. The results show how the number of local news articles has decreased overall due to a considerable drop in the number of pages per edition, yet the percentage of local news has risen as fewer national and international stories appeared by the close of the decade.