Monday, December 15, 2008

An Imperiled Newspaper’s Place in a Small City’s Fabric

In an office so quiet as to be disruptive, a man sits amid the detritus of his chosen career. The collected reports of the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, Volume One. A letter seeking publicity for an event sponsored by the Litchfield County chapter of Hadassah. Stacks of newspapers, days, weeks, months old.

Heavyset, world-weary, this is William Sarno, 63, editor of an ancient and endangered newspaper called The Bristol Press. His glorified cubicle looks out upon a dimly lighted newsroom whose collection of vacated desks gives the sense that nearly the entire staff left one day to cover a big story and never came back.

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