May 24, 2012

Warren Buffett's investment in community newspapers

It was hard not to see Berkshire Hathaway's purchase of most of Media General's newspapers as an investment by Warren Buffett in community journalism. The Oracle of Omaha made his views of community newspapers more or less a matter of record with a May 23 memo to the editors and publishers of his company's new newspapers:

Also, the new(ish) book by COMJIG members Bill Reader and John Hatcher, Foundations of Community Journalism, received a nice plug in Buffett's hometown paper in a short interview with Reader about the sale: 

Let's hope the hype proves true for our colleagues working at those papers.

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