Monday, March 23, 2009

What Happens When a Town Loses Its Newspaper?

Disused newspaper racks clutter a storage yard without newspapers
Disused newspaper racks clutter a storage yard. [Noah Berger / AP]

What effect do newspaper closings really have on a town? Or a nation? Depending on a person's reading habits, the answers to these questions range from "It's the death of democracy!" to "Newspapers? What newspapers?" But with the demise of two major metropolitan dailies, the 149-year old Rocky Mountain News and the almost equally venerable 145-year old Seattle Post-Intelligencer in the last month alone, the issue is becoming a matter of practical rather than just theoretical concern. [Click for MORE] Sphere: Related Content

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