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Owners' greed dooming many newspapers


May 9, 2018

Recently, I visited a community I once lived and worked in. My job there was with a local newspaper that had been owned by a particular local family for decades.

We were were located in what’s known as the Five Cities, a cluster of five or six (depending on who’s counting) cities and unincorporated communities on the central California coast, with strong farming and tourism industries.

We were a good newspaper. I’ll just say that.

We covered local government aggressively. We had an excellent staff, particularly our editor. We were on top of it when we came across local people doin...

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