News Deserts

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The last remaining journalist at the Floyd Press says she’s been fired by corporate owner Lee Enterprises after doing an interview detailing difficult work conditions. 

Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIOIQ

 

 

Lee Enterprises is one of the largest corporate newspaper chains in the country, and the company now owns more than a dozen daily papers throughout Virginia -- plus more weeklies. Lee bought the newspapers back in March from BH Media for $140 million. Since then they’ve fired reporters, outsourced work, and furloughed staff. 

The last decade has seen a dramatic reduction in local newspapers across Virginia, a decline that’ is documented in a new report outlining news deserts.