Good Signs for Local News?


The question is often asked: Is the glass half full, or half empty? The correct answer is: yes!

Kristen Hare of Poynter has published a list story citing her five reasons to be optimistic about local news.

This got us to thinking about the situation here in Connecticut where people interested in the future of local news are wondering what the purchase of WFSB by Gray Television and the impending purchase of Tribune Publishing(Hartford Courant) by Alden Global Capital may mean over the long run. In the meantime, there are positive signs.

  • Hearst CT Media continues to expand and invest in proven talent
  • WTNH continues to strengthen its local offerings, including political talk
  • Fox 61 continues to program the most hours of local news content
  • WNPR/CPM has expanded the number of programs it produces locally even in the middle of a pandemic
  • The Day of New London has assigned a new reporter to cover state politics
  • The Connecticut Mirror continues to expand
  • CT News Junkie continues to improve its offerings

We are sure this is a partial list, but we think it shows that though there are reasons for concern there are also reasons for hope. A half empty glass is half full by definition.