Digital journalism reduces incidence of news deserts in Brazil

"The emergence of small digital initiatives in Brazil in recent years has helped to fill spaces lacking the presence of local journalism, the so-called news deserts, as the number of print outlets has shrunk significantly, according to the most recent survey by Atlas da Notícia (News Atlas).

All regions recorded 1. a decrease in total news deserts (-5.9% in municipalities and -9.6% in the population of these deserts) and, at the same time, 2. increases in the number of cataloged digital outlets (+1,170 in all combined regions), with emphasis on the Northeast."

LJR Note: Atlas da Notícia is a project that maps the news media in Brazilian territories.

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