Conventional wisdom says that smaller local papers are safer than bigger papers, because they have less competition. Then again, an amazing number of people do not give a fuck about their local papers.
Look, a new study proves it! I have to admit I was surprised by these figures, but then again, most local papers suck, so maybe people are smarter than I think.
"If your local paper closed, how much would you miss it?"
Not much: 16%
Not at all: 26%
Old CW: Local papers have a monopoly on HYPERLOCAL coverage, which is what everyone really cares about, which is what will ultimately save the news business.
New CW: A full 42% of the people in your market don't fucking care about you either way.