Small Rural Newspapers Thrive On Local Coverage

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The newsrooms of big city papers have either shrunk or disappeared altogether. But it’s a different story for many small, often rural, papers. They continue to break stories and provide vital information to their communities. Journalism professor and part-time Coloradan Judy Muller has written a book about this. It’s called “Emus Loose in Egnar: Big Stories from Small Towns.” Muller was partly inspired to write the book by her small town paper in Norwood, not far from Telluride. Ryan Warner speaks to Muller. (Originally aired July 7, 2011)

For more on rural newspapers including essays and an interactive timeline, visit Stanford University’s Rural West Initiative.

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