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Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

“I never thought I would witness the day when reporters were more scarce than bald eagles.”

That’s a quote from a newspaper publisher who was referencing a recent story in Daily Clips, a publishing industry newsletter. The story is entitled, “Our Local-News Situation Is Even Worse Than We Think.” The headline is startling. The numbers are frightening.

Consider this from the story: From 2004 to 2020 the number of…

• newsroom employees dropped 57%
• reporters per 100,000 population dropped 62%
• reporters per $100 million in state and local government spending dropped 67%

The story shares that, as the number of newspaper journalists per 100,000 people decreased, the number of teachers and nurses per 100,000 rose. Also, interestingly, the number of librarians per 100,000 has held steady since 2000. The story states how librarians and local reporters have two things in common: they’re both in the information-providing business. As with journalists, we need librarians, the story says, to help people separate fact from fiction on the Internet.

As the number of reporters declined, the amount spent by state and local governments increased by a whopping 76 percent. Unfortunately, fewer journalists exist to report on where those taxpayer dollars are being spent. Meanwhile, government entities are taking it upon themselves to report and distribute their own version of the news.

The decline of local news has also fueled polarizing national news and social media platforms that have increased the spread of misinformation. One of the most alarming entities is the data-collecting tech giant Nextdoor, which is now in 233,000 communities. Aside from gathering mass amounts of personal data on its users, a plethora of reports show how the service has become a major spreader of misinformation and falsehoods. Researchers have found similar problems with local Facebook groups. Some 75 percent of Americans said they encountered misinformation on Facebook, according to a Gallup/Knight Foundation survey.

As the Daily Clips story states, this all shows statistically what we have known anecdotally: reporters are spread far thinner than they used to be — and that’s not good for anyone.

With strong conservation efforts, bald eagles made a comeback. With equally strong attempts, local journalism will, too.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Warm temperatures continue through Wednesday as we roll into March. A cold front brings cooler air into the state Thursday, then rain chances move in Friday night into Saturday. Rain could mix with snow on Saturday night.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do

Impact & Sound Advice Spring Show
Tuesday, March 1, 8 p.m.
Johnston Middle School
6501 N.W. 62nd Ave., Johnston
Join Impact & Sound Advice for their final show of the season. Read more on Facebook

xBk Presents: Sam Weber Tuesday, March 1, 8 p.m. Advance tickets $10. At the Door: $13. Canadian-born artist Sam Weber spans an eclectic range of roots, Americana...Read more on Eventbrite

Featured Home For Sale
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THE SCORE: Girls' State Quarterfinal Scores, Highlights ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM CITYVIEW: Think twice about Grassley, Senate candidate Carlin urges Republicans

Republican Jim Carlin says reports of Sen. Charles Grassley’s assured reelection later this year are greatly exaggerated. ...READ MORE FROM CITYVIEW

FROM KCCI: West Des Moines police use Ring video to arrest teen on attempted murder charges

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The West Des Moines Police Department said they used Ring security video to help them track down a suspect after shots were fired into an apartment building.. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Pilot program aims to close homeowner gap among minorities

DES MOINES, IOWA – It is a national push for minorities to become homeowners across the country. According to the 2019 U.S. Census Bureau, homeownership among white Americans was higher compared to any other race. Meanwhile, the Iowa Finance Authority reported from 2017 to 2019, about 12% of homebuyers were minorities.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa, several other US states squeeze Russia financially

Seeking to tighten the financial squeeze on Russia over its war against Ukraine, governors and lawmakers in numerous U.S. states were taking actions Monday to pull state investments from Russian companies while encouraging private entities to do the same. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Sushi
1. Sakari Sushi Lounge
2. Wasabi
3. Akebono


Meet Kristen Recher: Iowa STEM teacher of the year

By Ashley Rullestad

Northeast Elementary fifth-grade teacher Kristen Recher was recently named the Iowa STEM teacher of the year. She was nominated for the award by her colleague Kelsey Speer and was presented with the award by Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council. 
 “It was a surprise to my students and me. It was wonderful being able to share that moment with my team, family and students. Every day, I get the opportunity to work with students who will be our future engineers, scientists and mathematicians, so it meant a lot to see my students' work be recognized in such a big way.”

Recher says she works with “fantastic” teachers who are constantly helping her grow and who are consistently finding ways to help each student grow not only in the area of STEM but also as learners and leaders.
This is Recher's fourth year in Ankeny, and she enjoys teaching her fifth graders writing, reading, math, science and social studies. In upper elementary school, her students are using the social and leadership skills from prior grades to build a foundation to try new things, accomplish big goals, and help others.


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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:Justin Bieber, Jensen Ackles, Ron Howard, Zack Snyder, Don Lemon, Harry Belafonte, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Emeraude Toubia, Paul Hollywood, Daniella Monet, Tim Daly

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Poll of the Week

Do you like when restaurants play music?

Depends on the type of music


How do you feel about a 4% flat tax on income?

Like it - 46%
Hate it - 43%
Not sure - 11%

Morning Chuckle
Where do butterflies sleep?
IN A FLOWER BED! Diane Doro, William Snyder, Lori Bluml
ON A CATTERPILLOW! Rex Post, John Zeitler
IN BUTTERY BEDS? Gail Tomlinson
(I think the photo at left may be a moth, but it is beautiful so I picked it!)


Why did the house go to the doctor?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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