There may be no interest in this one other than myself and TheThrill, but here's an interesting read on the last day of a local newspaper. The Green Bay News-Chronicle came into existence back in 1972 due to a strike. It survived far longer than anyone gave it the chance to do. It will cease existence after today's issue.
God bless the men of 2nd Bn, 127th Inf, 32d "Red Arrow" Brigade, WI Army Nat'l Guard...good luck, and come home soon.
FYI...Gannett (the Borg what own USA Today) have owned the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the town's oldest paper, for years now. They bought out the "little paper that could" competition, the Green Bay News-Chronicle a year or two ago.
When I was a kid, and the Press-Gazette was an evening paper, I would devour the sports on the back page of the News-Chronicle before heading off to school.
The Chron's shape was a lot easier to hold and read, too. I'll miss it. At least Gannett is giving jobs to approx. 80% of the Chron's old work force...but I wonder if Lyle Lahey, the awesome editorial cartoonist, will have work. It's not like he can supplant the Press-Gazette's equally awesome Joe Heller.
So long, newsprint competition...ye will be missed in Titletown.
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I think that happens in a lot of areas. In my area, Gannett does all the local newspapers. Click that link and look at the Wisconsin newspapers. Just like you say, it's 11 different newspapers that look exactly the same and are about 12 pages long.