While inevitable, it is sad to see newspapers disappear. The entire industry is in disarray and until someone somewhere finds a profitable economic model – the mood will be somber. I work in a similar industry. We have seen a decade of decline and have struggled to shift in to growing markets. It is hard, and I know that the day will come when my company closes or is bought out. The hard, cold reality is that no business can survive if it is not profitable. Reporters will not volunteer their time (for long). Printers will not donate paper and ink. The barriers to entry in to the news industry have dropped so low that anyone can enter and publish online. But while publishing costs have dropped precipitously, revenue has as well.
The staff of the paper did a great job publishing this video: