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How Hyperlocal Focus Keeps Community Papers Afloat

Unlike some ailing metro dailies, local newspapers are sustaining staff while building digital business

By Daniel Lindley - October 6, 2009
In the dark and stormy night of American journalism -- 5,900 reporting and editing positions lost at newspapers last year, according to the Society of American News Editors -- a small but seemingly watertight shelter still stands: the humble community newspaper.

Long denigrated as a relic of old-fashioned, small-town America, community newspapers -- loosely defined as dailies and weeklies with circulations under 75,000, though usually far smaller -- have held up far better than their big metro cousins during the double downer of a collapsing economy and rising Internet competition....

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