Wilkes-Barre is one of only a handful of cities in the US that has 2 daily papers. That may end soon. Who likes that idea?
U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski, with his national perspective, might be tempted to shrug his shoulders and say, "It happens." That's the direction of the newspaper industry anyway, as he sees it, and, besides, it could bring one positive result - more upbeat news.
In two-paper towns, he said, "There's a little more encouragement to spark stories out of conflict, and sometimes that isn't always the best thing." One-paper town Scranton's "general tone of news is supportive."
"That's healthy," he said. "That's important."
I guess it's supportive if the paper doesn't look at you in a critical way. If the paper only prints your press releases you will be happy with them. So Kanjo is happy with the Citizens Voice but not the Times-Leader.
McClatchy Co. Announced plans last week to buy all 32 Knight Ridder newspapers and quickly resell 12 of them, including the Times Leader. That raised speculation that Scranton-based Times-Shamrock Communications, owner of The citizen's Voice, would purchase the Times Leader and close one of the city's papers.
We're screwed folks. If at the end of this is we have only one newspaper our information will dry up. Having 2 newspapers is a treasure that will not be appreciated until we have only one.
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