What Happens When Weekly Newspapers Disappear?

As editor and publisher of the Todd County Standard, a weekly in Elkton, Kentucky, I once ran a story that asked farmers to attend a very important meeting on agricultural zoning. The future of farming in the small county in Kentucky where I own and edit the newspaper could be changed at this meeting.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 8:20 am

    A number of years ago I was editor of one of the most profitable weeklies in a company’s regional territory. That weekly declined after I left — no, I don’t flatter myself that it was because I left, although I was the last editor with local ties and I do think that matters.
    Subsequent editors had poor journalism skills and lacked the drive to thoroughly cover the beat. It is demanding to cover a community when the editor is the only full-time writer and other contributors are volunteer or paid meagerly for covering stories.
    The company buys papers, culls them, and sells or closes under-performers. By December 2018, my former paper was down to six pages and the “editor” used one full page, weekly, to write a column that had nothing to do with the local area.
    This isn’t a rant. It’s a capsule, albeit, a bitter pill, in the decline of local papers.
    I’ve been encouraged to seek funding to revivify a local paper, and I wish it was realistic. I would.
    In a short time, the village council, the township trustees, or the school board may make decisions that disappoint the public. They’ve lost their source of local news,


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