Weekly Papers Returning To Their Loca...

Weekly Papers Returning To Their Local Roots

There are 19 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Mar 4, 2009, titled Weekly Papers Returning To Their Local Roots. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

In the beginning, virtually all weekly community newspapers were locally founded, locally owned and locally produced.

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Susie

Wethersfield, CT

#1 Mar 4, 2009
This goes to show it is the smaller local businesses who care about and are in touch with their communities. When they are bought out by larger national corporations they are a number on a balance sheet without regard to the importance they may have in a community. With the downsizing of the daily papers and the lack of local coverage these weekly locals are primed to flourish.
Jenny

Deep River, CT

#2 Mar 4, 2009
I loved our weekly paper until its Editors and Publishers decided to inject their own politics into the mix. I cancelled my subscription and stopped advertising. My advice to them would be to stick to reporting the local news and leave the political commentary to the readers.
Java

New Bedford, MA

#3 Mar 4, 2009
The success of future local newspapers will need to be delivered via e-mail. The e-mail will contain headlines and links to the full text of the story on the web. In addition, there will be links to daily obits, houses for sale, etc. I will also be able to easily search (unlike the HC) for past news stories. For this news delivery model, I would be happy to pay for it.
rick hallestien

Bangor, ME

#5 Mar 4, 2009
Will the Courant do us a favor and leave the Hartford Advocate weekly on it's own and begin to tell it as it is?
How about that story of the pipe line in Afghanistan?
Mike Litorus

West Hartford, CT

#6 Mar 4, 2009
Too bad these papers will fail also. MAiling and printing costs eat a lot of the profit up. If the owners are lucky, they will not lose money, but there will be little to no profit.
Crab

United States

#7 Mar 4, 2009
Mike Litorus wrote:
Too bad these papers will fail also. MAiling and printing costs eat a lot of the profit up. If the owners are lucky, they will not lose money, but there will be little to no profit.
Wow, you must be a pleasant guy to hang out with.

I'm not sure about that, Mike. Unlike dailies, weeklies do not have a huge printing cost because they print only once a week. On top of that, media analysts have been saying that the best business model for newspapers these days is the "hyperlocal" model, rather than the super-huge mega paper. I think the weeklies will have a future, so long as they are decently staffed.
Green Power

Old Lyme, CT

#8 Mar 4, 2009
Why are we still wasting resources to print newspapers and deliver them by hand. This is a terrible waste of both resources and energy.
In keeping with the Obama Administrations use of technology to better our lives I hereby propose that old fashioned newspaper delivery systems be taxed at 500% of the cost of the paper.
This will encourage people to read the paper online and help Save the Planet.
I look forward to the Courants support in this important matter for the Environment...
GREEN POWER RULES
CT_Woods

United States

#9 Mar 4, 2009
"Unlike an "ex-patriot owner," Hanley added, "he can become an extension of the community.""

I believe the word that Mr. Hanley used was not "ex-patriot" but the homonym "expatriate". The ex-patriot turns against his country - think Benedict Arnold.
An expatriate owner lives far away from that which they own. Think of the English Lairds of the Scottish Highlands during the time of the enclosures. The new forces of economics seem to be bringing those distant Lairds to their knees as local publishing is reborn.
Mr. Hanley had it right.
FAV

East Hartford, CT

#10 Mar 4, 2009
A free press is necessary for a functioning democracy. These trends in the small weeklies is a start. But the FCC has been in the hands of the moguls for a long time and we saw how easy it is to whip up mass hysteria when essentially all of our media sang the same raspy, forked-tongue songs of the Bush/neocon war-mongerers. We badly need the Big Media to be dismantled.
old reporter

Winsted, CT

#11 Mar 4, 2009
Crab wrote:
<quoted text>
Wow, you must be a pleasant guy to hang out with.
I'm not sure about that, Mike. Unlike dailies, weeklies do not have a huge printing cost because they print only once a week. On top of that, media analysts have been saying that the best business model for newspapers these days is the "hyperlocal" model, rather than the super-huge mega paper. I think the weeklies will have a future, so long as they are decently staffed.
I think you're absolutely right, but use caution responding to this person named "Mike." Check his name. If it doesn't seem odd, say it out loud. Not sure anyone with that sense of humor knows much about newspapers anyway.
Konnecticut_bett er_Yet

Norwich, CT

#12 Mar 4, 2009
Green Power wrote:
Why are we still wasting resources to print newspapers and deliver them by hand. This is a terrible waste of both resources and energy.
In keeping with the Obama Administrations use of technology to better our lives I hereby propose that old fashioned newspaper delivery systems be taxed at 500% of the cost of the paper.
This will encourage people to read the paper online and help Save the Planet.
I look forward to the Courants support in this important matter for the Environment...
GREEN POWER RULES
How about letting free enterprise call the shots on how they can profit with THEIR own paper. We're talking about people's livelihoods and investments here, and you want a former junior senator and community organizer to put his hands in it?

Typical liberal. Tax business to death until it's no longer affordable to keep the doors open. Pure genius. If you live in CT you should know by now what government intrusion does. Look around.
Konnecticut_bett er_Yet

Norwich, CT

#13 Mar 4, 2009
FAV wrote:
A free press is necessary for a functioning democracy. These trends in the small weeklies is a start. But the FCC has been in the hands of the moguls for a long time and we saw how easy it is to whip up mass hysteria when essentially all of our media sang the same raspy, forked-tongue songs of the Bush/neocon war-mongerers. We badly need the Big Media to be dismantled.
lol! If it wasn't for big media's editorializing passed off a news, Obama would just about be finish hanging the hammer and sickle bunting and portraits of Lenin in his new ill. senator's office.
Green Power

Old Lyme, CT

#14 Mar 4, 2009
Konnecticut_better_Yet wrote:
<quoted text>
How about letting free enterprise call the shots on how they can profit with THEIR own paper. We're talking about people's livelihoods and investments here, and you want a former junior senator and community organizer to put his hands in it?
Typical liberal. Tax business to death until it's no longer affordable to keep the doors open. Pure genius. If you live in CT you should know by now what government intrusion does. Look around.
Finally someone gets it...I agree with everything you said, this was a test to see how many sheep took the bait.
FAV

East Hartford, CT

#15 Mar 4, 2009
Konnecticut_better_Yet wrote:
<quoted text>
lol! If it wasn't for big media's editorializing passed off a news, Obama would just about be finish hanging the hammer and sickle bunting and portraits of Lenin in his new ill. senator's office.
You're so far out in right field even the super-capitalist owners of our mass media are worse than socialists, but communists. You've proven youself to be a total idiot. Give the rest of us a break while you try to straighten out your mind.
For What It Is Worth

United States

#16 Mar 4, 2009
I live part of the year in Connecticut and part of the year in Maine. In Maine the local paper comes out every two weeks. I read just about every article in it and pay attention to the advertising. I can't say the same for the Hartford Courant or any other Connecticut papers.

The smalltown paper in Maine keeps me connected to the community. I can't say the same for any Connecticut paper.

I don't know how well that aper is Maine is doing financially but I can say that the dollar per issue price is a bargain and I'd pay more for it. I wouldn't give you a quarter for the Courant.
doityourselfweat her com

United States

#17 Mar 4, 2009
Local paper covering local news for the local populace ... this might be a good business plan ... Hartford Courant!
Assacher

AOL

#18 Mar 4, 2009
Jenny wrote:
I loved our weekly paper until its Editors and Publishers decided to inject their own politics into the mix. I cancelled my subscription and stopped advertising. My advice to them would be to stick to reporting the local news and leave the political commentary to the readers.
I totally agree..I stopped my subscription because my political views were not theirs...stay only the local news..
Newspaper Junkie

New York, NY

#19 Mar 5, 2009
Well thank heavens SOMEONE's paying attention to local news given that papers like the Courant have all but killed it. Laid off half the newsroom and imports its new from Chicago & LA. Hey, if I wanted a news aggregator, there are better tools on the web for that. I want trusted local content and the big chains have looted our local papers in the search of non-existent profits in print media while buying unrelated garbage like the Chicago cubs.

The Courant is the oldest, continuously published paper in the country, and Zell has RUINED it. Give us our paper back, you bums.
small town publisher

Hamden, CT

#20 Apr 13, 2009
Congratulations and good luck to every one trying to fill the news void JRC is leaving behind. From where I sit, you have three choices when you are an out-of-work journalist. You can collect unemployment and hope you'll get a job, probably doing the same old thing. You can change your field of work. Or, you can take a chance and start a newspaper. I chose to start a paper and, today, I am happy to say it is turning a profit. It can be done. My advice: Fill the paper with good local content and the readers and advertisers will come around quicker than you think.

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