Looks like there've been a couple good articles of late on the newspaper business.
There's this one, that states 73 percent say they read a local newspaper at least once a week.
Here's more from this article, "The local community newspaper is the primary source of information about the local community for 49.3 percent of respondents. The next best source runs a distant second: friends and relatives for 18 percent of respondents and TV, 16 percent. Readers are nearly seven times more likely to get their local news from their community newspapers than from the Internet (7.7 percent). Less than 6 percent say their primary local news source is radio."
And then there's this article: Look how many newspapers are still sold every day in the UK...
So, as you millions of blogger fans know -- I do have millions, right? -- I've been a bit absent of late.
This is because Danah and I have been working to close on a home we've just purchased. We were really anxious to buy a home in this down market and thankfully her credit popped up sounder than mine. The home is on the East End of Oak Ridge and backs up to the Green Belt -- I'd be more precise, but I've already had one yard trashed, so why make it any easier for my foes...
At any rate, we're super excited and looking forward to getting fully moved in. We feel blessed and as we enjoy our six-year anniversary for The Observer, we thank the hundreds and hundreds of businesses and subscribers who have helped make the business a success. (I'm way late on writing a post/column on this, but will aim to do that soon.)
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Stan Mitchell is the founder and owner of The Oak Ridge Observer. He started the paper in 2004 with a $20,000 loan and writes generally on his blog about business practices, politics and local matters.