SMALL NEW HAMPSHIRE NEWSPAPER SHUTS DOWN

By: Staff Reports

‘Berlin Reporter’ Was Over 100 Years Old


The Berlin Reporter, a daily in New Hampshire, published its last issue on Saturday because the owners had difficulty attracting employees, The Boston Globe reports.

Howard James, the newspaper’s president, told the Globe that he had been working more than 100 hours a week to put the paper out. The paper’s editor, paginator, and salesman had quit or given notice without leaving enough time for James to train new employees, he explained.

Judy James, the owner of the Reporter and wife to Howard James, decided Sunday night to shut the paper down despite its legacy of publishing for more than 100 years. Over the last six weeks, Howard James had edited the newspaper, written half of its articles, overseen its layout, and acted as publisher. He had run the 3,200-circulation newspaper for 30 years.

The Berlin Reporter switched from a weekly to a daily publishing schedule in the 1990s to compete with the free Berlin Daily Sun.

James, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1968 while working as a reporter at The Christian Science Monitor, also owns the Rumford Falls (Maine) Times and the Advertiser Democrat in Norway, Maine. Both papers will continue to publish, according to the Boston Globe report.



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