great story about saving a small newspaper

The Silverton Standard and The Miner is a roughly 1000 circulation paper based in the old mining town of Silverton, Colorado. The town has a full time population of just over 500 people. The paper has been bought and sold over the years but has remained part of the community since the late 1870s. When it was about to go out of business, the current editor asked the local historical society to take over operations to keep the paper from closing.

In an unusual move the owners of the paper donated it to the historical society. A short documentary about Silverton and its paper can be found here. Its a feel good story illustrating how the readers of a paper are ultimately what will determine it’s success. It does make me worry considering the editor is also the reporter, photographer, circulation manager, copy editor, etc. I thought I had a lot on my plate being the only photographer at the paper I work at.

On a side note it was shot and edited by former Rocky Mountain News staffer Sonya Doctorian. It’s good to see more and more of the former Rocky still shooters/videographers working both in Colorado and in the journalism industry.

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