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Shawnee Mission general election forum 2021

Our readers consistently say they use our yearly election coverage to inform their choices at the ballot box. Last year, we covered three local school board contests and held forums for each, including for contests for multiple seats on the Shawnee Mission school board, above. File image.

You’ve likely heard rumblings about the continuing decay of the local news industry. 60 Minutes is even set to air a piece on the subject this weekend.

Hedge funds have bought up some of the most prominent legacy news operations in the country and are squeezing them for profit. The number of people employed as reporters and editors continues to shrink. Fewer and fewer communities have their own local publication.