Microsoft on technology and the free press
April 06, 2021
Local journalism is in a fight for its survival. Since 2004, the United States has lost a quarter of its newspapers, 2,100 in total. And more than 200 of the country's 3,142 counties no longer have a local paper. New legislation or regulation can help stem that tide. Microsoft President Brad Smith testified before the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law about the future of journalism on March 12. During the hearing, Reviving Competition, Part 2: Saving the Free and Diverse Press, Smith advocated for protections for local news and journalism. To read the top takeaways from his testimony, visit Microsoft on the Issues.