Saturday, September 26, 2009

The "community" in community paper

Katrina M. Randall writes:

It’s a true survivor story that made national headlines when the Birmingham Eccentric and four other papers from the Gannett Company’s Michigan-based Observer & Eccentric newspaper group were slated for closure in May. Four papers folded, but one did not: the Birmingham Eccentric. When faced with losing their local paper, the community rallied and its efforts have thus far, kept the paper alive. ...

Meanwhile, the editorial staff has been inspired and is busily working to put the “community” back in community paper. “We are now focusing on bringing young people into the process. I have a 12-year-old photographer who shoots feature stuff for us,” Kowalski in an e-mail interview. “We are the only paper that I know of where our photographer’s mother has to drive him to assignments.”

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