Monday, February 2, 2009

When papers die, communities suffer

Anne McGraw Reeves writes:

As far as job losses go, the numbers from this business closing barely registered a blip on the national economic radar.

But figures don't always tell the whole story.

The death of the small company stunned one central Pennsylvania community and offered more evidence of a disturbing trend around the country: the slow hemorrhage of the American newspaper.

The Hershey Chronicle printed its final edition last week after the sale of its subscriber list to David Buffington, the publisher of the Hummelstown Sun.

With almost 3,300 subscriptions, the Chronicle was a prime example of the old-time weekly that serves as a community's heart and soul. The big boys cover the heck out of state and national news, but nobody knows a town better than its local newspaper.

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