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The Herald News' proximity to Fall River Government Center, left, makes it easy for reporters to keep an eye on public officials. But recent cuts at the GateHouse-owned daily have left a newsroom staff in the single digits. (Callum Borchers/WBUR)
The Herald News' proximity to Fall River Government Center, left, makes it easy for reporters to keep an eye on public officials. But recent cuts at the GateHouse-owned daily have left a newsroom staff in the single digits. (Callum Borchers/WBUR)

What do communities lose when fewer journalists fill their local newsrooms?

That's one question surrounding the proposed $1.4 billion dollar merger between newspaper chains GateHouse Media and Gannett. The companies hope the merger will help expand digital coverage and boost revenue, but the merger also hints at massive changes for local publications — including employee layoffs.

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Callum Borchers, WBUR Bostonomix reporter. He tweets @callumborchers.

John Carroll, WBUR senior news analyst and blogger at It's Good to Live in a Two-Daily Town. He tweets @john_r_carroll.

This segment aired on August 28, 2019.

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