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A non-profit press?

May 27th, 2009 (10:56 am)

A few years ago, I read a newspaper article about Johnston Press which described their business plan as "a National Trust for local newspapers". This was something of an exaggeration at the time, and has been proved to be more so by their recent rounds of cuts.

However, a newspaper in Colorado has recently been donated to its county's local historical society, who plan to run it as a volunteer project. Perhaps this is going to be the only viable future for the small town press.

ETA: More details of the Silverton Standard and its business model here.

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Posted by: muuranker (muuranker)
Posted at: June 1st, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)

The newspaper workers, it seems, will continue to be employed, which is great.

It's also an imaginative future for the press (which otherwise, I suspect, the Historical Society would have been landed with and had to conserve in its building). There was much renting of hair and gnashing of teeth in the 1980s over the museumification of industry .... I wonder now if there should have been more / should be more instances of this kind of museumification.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 1st, 2009 08:45 am (UTC)

I'm certain that museumification of this type will continue where the conditions are right.

Newspaper presses have stories of their own to be told, several being sold on around the world. One of the Northumberland weekly newspaper groups sold their old monochrome presses in the early 1990s to somewhere in the developing world; they were unusual in that their broadsheet newspapers were almost square, leading to narrower tabloids than is common.