Opinion: Securing a Future for Our Local Journalism
Four years ago, Advance Publications, which operates newspapers and websites in more than 25 cities, began looking at different approaches to building a viable future for our local newspapers and websites.
We were publishing great newspapers, deeply rooted in the history of our communities. Year after year, they were recognized, nationally, with Pulitzer Prizes and, locally, with state Associated Press awards. The Times-Picayune won two Pulitzer Prizes, in 1997, for Public Service and editorial cartooning, and two more, in 2006 for Public Service and Breaking News for the paper’s courageous coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Most recently, Sara Ganim and the staff of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for their tremendous local reporting on the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State.
During that time we were also running a group of successful newspaper-related websites, several of which, as measured by Media Audit, have ranked in the top 10 markets nationwide for having the highest penetration among consumers. Read more