Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Paperless Town

John Leone, a former mayor of Bristol, Conn., and the president of the Greater Bristol Chamber of Commerce, knows the feeling. His town faces the closure of The Bristol Press, circulation 8,285. The imploding Journal Register Company (nyse: JRC - news - people ) said in early November that it may close the paper, and The Herald, circulation 9,646, of New Britain if it can't sell them.

"There's so many other ways to get your message out, I can understand the problem of keeping [it] open," he says, though he doesn't like it--some 50 years ago, he was a paperboy for the Press. "The reality is that some of the other newspapers in the area will probably step it up."

That's what happened to the Post-Herald in Birmingham, Ala. Owned by E.W. Scripps Company (nyse: SSP - news - people ), the 7,500 circulation afternoon daily closed in September 2005.

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