It will take more than a change of ownership to help those weekly papers stay in business. Great step with Stamper stepping down. He was a big part of the problem. If the Advocate allows the News-Journal to continue to be in charge of those other small community papers, then soon they will close down. The Longview News Journal is only about taking news from these other communities, so that being a daily paper, they can break the news before these weekly papers. What's left for the weeklies is a copy of the big bad News-Journal. Longview is only about themselves, not about the whole. Advocate, please let these weekly papers rule themselves without interference from Longview. Except for printing these weekly papers, Longview should have no say so in the day to day operations!! If it continues as it has with the News-Journal in charge, I don't see these papers staying open. It's a shame for these small town communities. Each community paper should be, first and foremost, dedicated to their own town, not to the Longview paper!!
Now there are fourteen other newspapers like The Advocate!
Gopper, there's more than one billionaire snooping around the fire-sale prices for newspaper groups these days. Let's hope the investments for all of them center around providing news and opinions of value to the remaining readers, instead of cutting staffs and catering to advertisers.
"He likened the deal to financial guru Warren Buffett's recent newspaper acquisitions and words of encouragement for the industry"