Wednesday, March 18, 2009

While major metros struggle, many newspapers still thriving in smaller towns

Joe Kimball writes:

Last week's worrisome front-page New York Times story — "As Cities Go From Two Papers to One, Talk of Zero" — raised the specter of a death knell for many papers in big markets, but also brought an interesting comment from a long-time source of mine.

"Did you see this NY Times piece?" emailed Connie Shaver at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul. "My hometown of Slayton, MN, pop. 2000 or so, has TWO weekly papers. The entire county (Murray) has a population of only 9,000. It's amazing to me that there is enough revenue to support both. They are printed in the old broadsheet format and seem oversized compared to the whittled-down dailies."

So I called the Slayton papers, both weeklies, located about a block apart in bustling downtown Slayton.

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