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  •  there'll always be neighborhood flyers (0+ / 0-)

    and other kinds of local print advertising that does not depend on newspapers.

    your post just proves my point--that local newspapers exist to serve the needs of advertisers by providing eyeballs for advertising.  reporting the news in a timely or accurate manner is secondary.  kind of like network television!

    it is more honest to distribute for free a "paper" that is nothing but local ads and stop trying to pretend that news has anything to do with it.  the same people will still read the "paper" because they want to know which paper towels are on sale.  that is what will happen to local advertising if/when the local papers go under, and I don't have any problem with that.

    Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D.
    President Barack Obama. At last.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 08:55:29 AM PDT

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    •  I beg to differ in this case. (5+ / 0-)

      We have on staff Pulitzer Prize winning journalists that do an excellent job with local news coverage.  Again, our relative success is due to several factors, including the age of our population, the rural nature of Montana and the insular character of this community in particular, and the lack of interest (access is there) in the Internet or cable/satellite.  The newspaper is the source for local news, particularly since the TV stations have switched over to digital and a hefty portion of people can no longer view it and really don't care to.  The Tribune also publishes a free weekly shopper that is purely advertising, but it tends to be of a more down-market variety...

      No politician ever lost an election by underestimating the intelligence of the American public. PT Barnum, paraphrased...

      by jarhead5536 on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 09:03:09 AM PDT

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      •  i did not mean to impugn your particular paper (1+ / 0-)
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        and you are definitely right that in rural areas where there is more community feeling to begin with that there will always be a market for in-depth local news.

        i am thinking more of the exurb "local papers" that may as well be weekly shoppers for all of the real news content they provide.

        Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D.
        President Barack Obama. At last.

        by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 09:18:13 AM PDT

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      •  If only we were all so lucky (1+ / 0-)
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        I think that this type of coverage has been an exception, and that it's rarer than ever now.

        As a real newpaper junkie, who can't survive without daily delivery of the NYT, I envy anyone who still has a good local newspaper.

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        by Aeolus on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 09:29:01 AM PDT

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