Another local news source closes
Mar 03, 2020 12:21 am
Lissa Harris reports in Chronogram that the Catskill Mountain News, a small weekly paper based in the Delaware County village of Margaretville, is the latest Hudson Valley media resource to close down. In January local radio stations WCTW The Cat, WRWD/WHUC 1230-AM, and the oldies station WZCR fired Bill Williams, their only local news reporter. Harris lists other newspapers that have closed in recent years: the Windham Journal, the Phoenicia Times, the Olive Press, the Ulster County Townsman, the Towne Crier, the Tri-Town News, and the Delaware County Times. A 2018 report by Penny Abernathy, a University of North Carolina researcher, found that nearly one out of every five U.S. newspapers has closed. Most other newspapers in the region such as the Daily Freeman in Kingston, the Daily Mail in Catskill, the Daily Star in Oneonta, the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, have cut reporting staff in recent years. Some of the few remaining local reporters are looking to exit too. “I see the writing on the wall, and it’s not very favorable to local news,” said Tim Knight, who freelances for the Mountain Eagle. “I’m in the process of finishing up my master’s in political communication, and I don’t want to waste that degree.” Read more about this story at The River website.