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By Lou Marzeles
Editor 

Hold that obituary for the printed newspaper

 


The newspaper just won’t go away.

Years after its demise was predicted in the wake of increased competition from the internet, studies from multiple sources confirm that the printed newspaper is as solid a habit in American homes as it ever was, in some areas even stronger. This is true particularly in regions of smaller population where the micro-focus of the internet doesn’t extend. If you’re in Seattle, the net can drill down to specific neighborhoods with more people in them than in all of Klickitat County. That doesn’t happen in small towns.

Some feel that social media fills in those blind spots of micro-focus in smaller markets. The studies don’t support that. “There are...



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