That default of reporters covering state affairs has Pew disturbed that state politics aren’t being lonesome as entirely as possible. With fewer eyes on lawmakers, critical stories could be left uncovered.
Those problems are quite strident in Massachusetts. While about 30 percent of newspapers national have a contributor in a collateral covering state politics, only 6 percent of Massachusetts newspapers do so, a lowest ratio in a nation.
That 6 percent series is quite worrisome given that a collateral city of Boston is also a largest city in a state. That’s reduction restricted than carrying a contributor pierce to, say, Albany in cold upstate New York, as New York statehouse reporters do.
Susan Moeller, a news editor of a Cape Cod Times, explained to Pew a large reason her paper was forced to dump a dual full-time statehouse reporters: a recession. “You can lay off your statehouse contributor or we can lay off somebody covering your city that is nearer and dearer to people’s hearts,” she said.