By Andrew Macdonald

The other day I read an American news report that 1,800 U.S. newspapers have been lost since 2004.

Of that total, 1,700 were weekly papers.

“About 1,300 U.S. communities have completely lost news coverage. More than one in five newspapers have closed over the past 15 years. And many of the 7,100 surviving newspapers have faded into

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