Your local paper: In the Constitution and deemed an ‘essential service’

Local news outlets across the country are providing essential, up-to-the-minute information aimed at keeping communities safe. Even in cities under virtual lockdown, the news media has been recognized as an “essential service” for public health and safety, alongside hospitals and grocery stores.

Local news outlets have been rising to the occasion, breaking stories, guiding the public on do’s and don’ts, and holding leaders accountable for life-and-death decisions. Many – including The Chronicle – have dropped online paywalls for their COVID-19 coverage, recognizing that it represents an essential public service.

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