Small Media vs. Big Tech | Staff/guest columns

Earlier this year, I testified before a Senate subcommittee on the Competition Act and the preservation of journalism. The JCPA allows small media outlets to negotiate as a group with Google and Facebook, seeking fair compensation for the use of their work.

As a local news publisher in southwestern Pennsylvania, I support this important legislation. It is not a surprise. But you may be surprised to learn of the broad bipartisan support that JCPA has enjoyed from the start. Today, the Senate co-sponsors are exactly 50-50, six Republicans and six Democrats. That speaks volumes about the fairness and common sense of the bill. This is an essential step in preserving local media from the national tech giants that control the advertising market.

Jennifer Bertetto is president and CEO of Trib Total Media, based in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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