Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 13, 2012

Rumors of newspapers’ death have been greatly exaggerated


But I’ve been at eight papers since then, and all _ thankfully _ survive.

Still, that old feeling returned earlier this year when The Times-Picayune of New Orleans announced that it would publish only three days each week.

That gallant Pulitzer Prize-winning publication whose staff performed so heroically during and after Hurricane Katrina (long after I left its employ) _ that was once graced by the writing of O. Henry and William Faulkner _ is no longer able to perform its basic daily function, and that’s a damn shame.

You hear this a lot when newspaper folks get together for a refreshing beverage ... or two: “They’ll miss us when we’re gone.”

Well, no, they won’t, because we’re not going anywhere.

As someone who has certainly seen his share of former newspaper employers disappear, I’m more than optimistic that my industry is beginning to get things figured out, and you’ll still have your paper waiting for you when you wake up in the morning.

Following that little old lady’s advice, we’re going to “hang in there, baby.”


Sam Pollak is the editor of The Daily Star in Oneonta, N.Y. . Contact him at

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