Friday, September 25, 2009

Death in the family

Norm Lewis writes:

Lemoore, Calif., is a small town of about 20,000 people near Fresno. It has a small, intensely local newspaper that for the past 121 years has filled scrapbooks and fostered a sense of community.

Until now. Today is the last edition of the Lemoore Advance.

The newspaper is being shut down by its owner, Lee Enterprises, which acquired it in 2005 when it bought the Pulitzer chain. Lee Enterprises claims on its Web site that its strategy is to be the “first and best in local news.” The Lemoore Advance fulfilled that mission, in spades. But it failed to fulfill the real mission: Make a ton of money.

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