Via media blogger Dan Kennedy at Media Nation, a quote from recently laid off reporter James Craven, late of GateHouse Media’s Norwich [Connecticut] Bulletin on the devastating community impacts of radically downsized newsrooms:
The thing about reduced community coverage is that you do not notice it while it is happening. It is, if I may be so bold, like a cancer. It works below the surface, until one day when suddenly it becomes all too apparent. There will be referendums that may not be covered as fully. Some school functions — that first grade play that in the past featured your son or daughter — will be bypassed. On holidays, like Veterans Day, decisions will be made to forfeit coverage in some communities because there just is not an extra reporter.