The recent obituary for our hometown paper began: We have made a sincere and earnest effort to keep our free two community newspapers financially viable. However …
If the words sound familiar, it’s because newspapers have been failing for a while. In Tucson, the Citizen is gone. Same for the Examiner in Baltimore, the Post in Kentucky, and the Tribune in Albuquerque, to name but a few.
For the full, depressing list, visit newspaperdeathwatch.com, which since 2007 has recorded the final breath of papers across the nation. Newspaper print ad revenues haven’t dipped this low since 1950, Slate.com reported last year.
The final edition of The Gazette hit our driveways in mid-June. Since then, life has gone on and no one seems too upset. But it would be a mistake to think nothing’s changed or been lost.
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