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Old 03-10-2012, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Midcoast Maine
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This is so sad! I feel awful for the 50+ people who are now unemployed:

All Village NetMedia publications to cease with this issue - Richard M. Anderson - Rockland - Camden - Knox - VillageSoup Gazette

I went on this site every day to get local news and also advertised my business sometimes. Sign of the times I guess...
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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I've got a friend that just left the Rockland ppaper a month or so ago. He now writes for the BDN. He's much happier there. He's getting a lot of stories printed too. Not a bad writer. I remember his stuff from english class in school. He's come a long ways.
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:24 PM
 
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Wow. Just Wow. The Republican Journal had been in business for something like 150 years! It was my hometown newspaper. This is just awful. All this time we were being told that small town weeklies were thriving.

Here's hoping that someone revives some or all of these publications in the near future.

ETA: After thinking about this, I'm so angry I could spit. This could have been avoided if Richard Anderson had not been so determined to undermine the newspapers with his website. There hasn't been an online news outlet yet that has managed to pay for itself, yet he insisted on seeing the paper newspapers as a minor priority rather than the leading element of his organization.
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Old 03-10-2012, 04:51 PM
 
Location: USA
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Newspapers aren't profitable in large cities let alone small towns. Mr. Paperback is gone, along with many other old Maine institutions. it's a sign that the old industries are dying as technology moves forward... Evolve or die.
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Midcoast Maine
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I was really surprised that the online version didn't survive. I could maybe see the paper version not being profitable, but online newspapers seem to be the way to go....
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:37 PM
 
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this is sad- village soup had something good for quite a while

I knew of quite a few businesses that advertised in the capitol weekly

been a tough few years for businesses- I know quite a few hanging on by a thread- tough economy-between gas, oil prices, taxes, disposable monies are at an all time low
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Ellsworth
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I was really surprised that the online version didn't survive. I could maybe see the paper version not being profitable, but online newspapers seem to be the way to go....
Sadly that is not the case. All the money is in print. New England weeklies, well run, are cash cows still.
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Ellsworth
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Newspapers aren't profitable in large cities let alone small towns. Mr. Paperback is gone, along with many other old Maine institutions. it's a sign that the old industries are dying as technology moves forward... Evolve or die.
Not true. Weekly newspapers are doing fine. Especially in new England
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Boonies
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I heard this today as well and I am really bumming. I grew up with The Republican Journal, I always preferred it over The Waldo Independent. Jeesh, it's just unbelievable to me.
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:16 PM
 
Location: USA
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Not true. Weekly newspapers are doing fine. Especially in new England
I can agree to disagree, but I'd say this news says otherwise.
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