For over a century, The Daily News supplied the McKeesport and the Mon Valley each day with essential information about the community. The newsroom was such an important part of most people’s daily life that residents even named a local baseball league after the paper.
However, when The Daily News closed in 2015, McKeesport residents were left to try to find a way to fill the void. The shutdown of this beloved newspaper turned McKeesport into a so-called news desert, a community no longer covered by a daily newspaper.
Andrew Conte, director of the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University, NextPittsburgh On Media columnist and a former reporter for a sister publication, says the shutdown of the paper impaired the community — and calls into question the future of local journalism.
“People lose touch with what’s going on,” says Conte