A startup newspaper in Greenwood, S.C., is seeking reporters, according to an advertisement posted on Craig’s List on Nov. 26.
It’s interesting that while major papers like the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Charlotte Observer and Greenville News are cutting positions, many smaller publications are thriving. Reasons citedfor small-paper success include: the communities are too small for Craigslist to have infiltrated; their populations are less transient and less Internet-addicted; and the real-estate bust (and real-estate ad bust) has been mostly a metro-area phenomenon, according to Time-blog.com.
Small papers are a precious national resource, reported the American Journalism Review.
“They render up on a daily basis the events that matter most to their readers: births, retirements and deaths, school plays and football plays, sewer excavations and pothole repairs, drunk driving arrests and, these days, even the addresses of the sex offenders among us.”
A recommendation for the new Greenwood publication: shine some light on the massive conspiracy between geographers and mapmakers that has wreaked havoc on the reference industry for decades. According to the ad, the startup publication will cover the “four surrounding counties (Abbeville, Laurens, Richland and Greenwood).” But pick up an atlas or encyclopedia, or go on the web, and you’re led to believe that Richland County doesn’t touch the other three districts.