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    Castles in the Sand

    Perhaps the biggest news story I came across while on my brief stint in Denver this weekend was the announcement from the Rocky Mountain News that it is up for sale and will be entertaining offers for the next 4-6 weeks. According to this report from the RMN itself, if no purchaser is found within the specified timeframe, owner E.W. Scripps could shut the newspaper's doors for good. This from a paper that has been in circulation for 150 years.


    Then I came home and was reading the Sunday Hartford Courant this morning, where I saw another article about planned closings of the New Britain Herald and the Bristol Press.  Are these actions related to the tanking economy, the influence of the Internet, or both? For a lifelong newspaper reader like myself, I'm apprehensive of how our news will be affected when the number of outlets for different voices grow smaller and smaller. I personally am not confident that the blogosphere is going to be able to fill in the void, and I can't imagine that the suviving papers in these markets--the Denver Post, the Hartford Courant--are very comforted by the demise of their competition. I knew newspapers were in trouble, but I thought they still had at least five years to get their acts together, and I'm amazed at how much the Internet waves have already eroded at their bases.

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