Last week was perhaps the worst yet for news in the field of journalism.

In a year that already has seen numerous newspapers close and thousands of newsroom layoffs across the country, Governing Magazine announced Friday that it is shutting down. Governing, the non-partisan magazine that has offered fantastic insight into how states, cities, and counties govern themselves for 32 years, was one of our go-to publications for great reporting.

“Ultimately . . . Governing has proven to be unsustainable as a business in today’s media environment,” its publisher and editors said in their announcement.

And the nation’s two largest chains, Gannett and GateHouse, announced plans to merge.

“Hundreds of communities and ultimately our democracy will pay the price for this deal,” says Michael Copps, Former FCC Commissioner and Common Cause Special Adviser. “Less journalism and less deep-dive investigative reporting will only lead to less informed citizens.”

You know how important it is for a free society to have independent and trustworthy reporting. That is why we have been here, reporting from the state Capitol, for 14 years.

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Employment in newspaper newsrooms based on an analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (PEW RESEARCH CENTER)