As other local news outlets struggle, NPR affiliates are growing — and quickly

While newspaper staffs shrank dramatically, eroding resources to cover local and statewide news, local public radio stations added 1,000 full- and part-time journalists, a 50% increase, between 2011 and 2018. While still small overall, relative to the scale of newspaper newsrooms in their prime, public radio stations – including NPR affiliates – have become a more significant force in preserving and expanding coverage of local news. One tactic stations have used in several markets, notably in Texas, is to collaborate on statewide networks, to boost statehouse coverage and stories of statewide interest.

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