Friday, December 26, 2008

Newspaper folds after just 1 year in circulation

Mitch Traphagen started as the self-described "editor, publisher and janitor" of the East Iowa Herald a little less than a year ago.

Now, his days as a newspaperman are numbered.

The Herald, based in tiny Victor, is suspending publication effective Dec. 31. Traphagen said his paper's plight is symptomatic of the rest of the newspaper industry's woes.

"I could really see it coming in October," Traphagen said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "We had a lot of political ads, but I could also see that we weren't getting any new ad calls for November. ... It was like someone suddenly turned off the tap."

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