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May 21, 2018

A former media executive says this country faces the growing threat of news deserts – areas that are not served by any kind of news outlet. On today’s Perspective program, the impact that loss would have on the community, news availability and media literacy.

Guest: Penelope Abernathy, a former executive at the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She is also the Knight chair in journalism and digital media economics at the University of North Carolina. 

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