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  • End of era for local newspapers

    The Boston Globe - 10/26/2012

    The South Boston Tribune published its final edition Thursday. The Dorchester Argus-Citizen, Jamaica Plain Citizen, and Hyde Park Tribune are also folding.

    In an era before Facebook, Twitter, and online news sources became the norm, community papers were a constant for many Boston neighborhoods. But as more readers migrated to the Web for their news and classified ads, it became increas­ingly difficult for the newspapers to remain financially viable.

    “[Local papers] certainly don’t have trouble attracting readers,” said Dan Kennedy, an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University. “The trouble they face, something we all face, is that the adver­tising game has changed so much. It’s an economic challenge.”