For the 7th summer, our intrepid COMJIG founder Jock Lauterer is on the road, offering free training at North Carolina's community papers. Now, he has a blog. Here's the start of today's entry:
"Let’s get this straight: Newspapers are not vanishing. At least not my kind of newspapers.
"Yes, many major metros are in a circulation free-fall. But not my guys. The small, local or what we call “community newspapers” – papers with circulations below 50k, many of them found off the interstates on the so-called “blue highways” of this nation – are doing very well, thank you.
"In fact, these “relentlessly local” papers are so quietly successful that big-city papers have finally noticed and are copying them! Ex: pick up today’s N&O and count the number of local stories on the front page."
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