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'New Maine News' Is the Future of Media

We appear to be entering a golden age of local news satire.
Maine.
Maine. Robert F. Bukaty/AP

Local news, famously, is dying. Small-market papers are disappearing in droves across the U.S., “news deserts” threaten to absorb vast tracts of the Midwest and Rust Belt, and journalism itself seems to be retreating to a few big-market strongholds.

However, we appear be entering a golden age of fake local news. Anyone with some Photoshop skills and yen for Onion-esque gag headlines can throw together a satire site for their home region. Many are terrible. But some are like New Maine News.