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Birmingham News implodes, eases into cyberspace

The Birmingham News’ recently constructed and expensive building.

It’s always a messy business watching a large newspaper die.  And this week of June 16, 2011 we saw The Birmingham (Alabama) News scuttle itself, roll over, and began to fold itself into the Internet.

The paper announced that it would cease publication in October except for three days a week.  The rest of news publication would be transferred to The News’ internet version.  One suspects its operation later will segue into total electronic publication.

It wasn’t a surprise to many of us out in journalism land.  Like many American newspapers, The News for decades had been losing circulation and advertising revenue.  The reasons are primarily economic made worse by the four-year recession-depression that has racked the nation. Continue reading

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