Friday, July 24, 2009

Newspapers a vital part of American democracy

Britt Towery writes:

Not all papers are giving up without a fight. Adjustments are being made. Retire some staff. Cut the paper down to fewer columns, which cuts the cost of newsprint, which is going up all the time. Shut down printing presses and lose a lot of faithful craftsmen who have given their lives to the presses. It was the same when the invention of the offset method put the Linotype machines into museums.

To cut down on expenses, a paper in the Midwest has dropped its Monday paper. The growing financial pressure is not just with newspapers. Other jobs, factories or positions can come back after a decline, though. Newspapers can’t do that nearly as well as the rest of society. And that is why it is so important to keep the local papers in business. It is difficult to start them up again.

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