Thursday, January 29, 2009

The people rise up to support local papers

I like this story of how a small town is fighting for its rights to have a decent local newspaper.

Editor and publisher reports that

when Earl Watt quit his job as publisher of the town's 121-year-old newspaper, he went from being its valued employee to its biggest nemesis, turning this southwest Kansas community into one of the nation's most unlikely battlegrounds over newspaper cutbacks.

Now Watt and 15 other employees are setting up a rival publication directly competing for advertising with the Southwest Times.

E&P report the comments of Watts.

You are going to see communities rise up, "Just as communities don't want to lose their schools and grocery store ... they don't want to see their newspaper gone either."

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