Christo­pher Ali is an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Media Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vir­ginia. His research inter­ests focus on com­mu­ni­ca­tion pol­i­cy and reg­u­la­tion, crit­i­cal polit­i­cal econ­o­my, crit­i­cal geog­ra­phy, com­par­a­tive media sys­tems, local­ism, and local news. His lat­est book: Media Local­ism: The Poli­cies of Place (Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois Press, 2017) address­es the dif­fi­cul­ties of defin­ing and reg­u­lat­ing local media in the 21st cen­tu­ry in the Unit­ed States, Unit­ed King­dom, and Cana­da and the impli­ca­tions these dif­fi­cul­ties have for the long-term via­bil­i­ty of local news.
Rural America
The FCC’s New Chairman Plans to Take the “Local” Out of TV News in Rural America