While Small-Town Newspapers Downsize, Some are Blossoming

Aug 18, 2015

Credit The Rural Blog

Declining revenue may have forced many Kansas newspapers to go weekly, but that doesn’t spell the end of the small-town Kansas newspaper. In fact, some towns are even starting up new weekly newspapers, reports the Rural Blog. Examples include the newly formed McPherson News and Information and the in-progress Newton Now. Joey young says he’s starting the Newton Now as an alternative to corporate newspapers that concentrate on national and world news.   

A 2013 survey found that 67 percent of small-town US residents read a paper copy of their town’s newspaper at least once a week. That’s music to advertisers’ ears. Doug Anstaett, executive director of the Kansas Press Association, noted that community newspapers have a corner on the local advertising market.