DOJ’s Google case helps explain local news death spiral

DOJ’s Google case helps explain local news death spiral

The future of America’s local news system may turn on the outcome of a federal lawsuit filed against Google on Tuesday. That sounds highfalutin, but it’s hard to overstate how important the Department of Justice’s new antitrust case is to newspapers in particular. Newspapers, which provide most local news coverage, are all pivoting to the internet where they are increasingly dependent on online ads and subscriptions. But chances of long-term success are slim when entering a marketplace that’s rigged against …