Eleven days ago a newspaper serving a small community in the US state of New Hampshire ceased publication after 90 years.
The Citizen, a paid-for title based in Laconia, had been hit by rising production costs. Its publisher tried to sell it, but there were no takers.
Its closure wasn’t too much of a surprise given that Laconia had been the lone city north of Boston served by two local daily papers. So people will still be able to enjoy the freely distributed Laconia Daily Sun.
But the passing of The Citizen prompted Charlie Arlinghaus, a columnist with the New Hampshire Union Leader, to “take a hard look at the myths surrounding newspapers, news and civic engagement.”