Vermont newspaper markets in everything

The Hardwick Gazette sent out a press release Wednesday for an essay contest with a newsworthy prize – The Hardwick Gazette.

It’s real, said Ross Connelly, editor and publisher of the Hardwick, Vermont weekly. He hasn’t gotten any entries yet, of course, since the release just went out, but they’re supposed to come in by mail anyway. “Real mail,” he said.

The cost to enter the contest is $175. The guidelines: 400 words “about the entrant’s skills and vision for owning a paid weekly newspaper in the new millennium.”

Here is the full story, via Peter, a loyal MR reader.


So the leading edging of the decline of the mainstream media - Democratic party operatives pretending to be journalists - has hit Vermont? Newsweek sold for a dollar. That should clarify most people's thinking. This man can't even give his newspaper away.

Oh well. The audience has moved on. Customers want something else - and something a lot less contemptuous of their values. The question is which newspapers are still worth something. It is not just a US problem either. If you factor in Le Monde's pension liabilities, it is probably worth less than nothing.

Yes. Customers today prefer uninformed, contemptuous and vile blog comments. Give us something that reflects our real values!

That is true.

Revealed preferences.

Luckily for America, Republican 'operatives' like to pay top dollar for their print media - asSheldon Adelson ( ) showed when he used cut outs to buy the Las Vegas Review-Journal ( )

What's with the scare quotes around operative? Do Republican 'operatives' only seem like operatives, but in reality, they're something even worse than that?

Have you ever, ever, EVER read a paragraph without immediately deciding which "team" the subject is on?

How is the owner a party operative who is contemptuous of his customers' values? Maybe I missed something in the article.

[in reply to So Much For Subtlety, above]

It's not in the article. Any 71 year old widower who wants to sell his newspaper is obviously a Democratic shill posing as a news man.

Here is a quote from the owner: "Part of democracy is an informed citizenship, so if we're not covering the news here, who is? We have that responsibility." Tell me what about that doesn't scream disdain for your average working man's values? Makes me sick.

It gets worse:

"He has served as president of the Vermont Press Association and the New England Press Association. He was also the founding chairman of the Vermont Coalition for Open Government"

The horror.

I was a little distracted, but I thought he was selling the newspaper's subscriptions and people had to pay $175 and prove their worth to subscribe. At $ 175,00 a year, it seemed a bargain for the subscription (my father pays about US$ 176 and Brazil is poorer than the USA and the Brazilian Real is much weaker than it has usually been for the last 20 years), but buying the business not so much.

It's a raffle with $175 tickets. Every entrant pays, only one wins. If he gets 1,000 entrants he will have sold his newspaper for a tidy sum.

But who will pay? It is much more expensive than the powerball and the prize is way worse!
My father pays $ 175 a year for his newspaper, but he wouldn't pay $ 175 to buy a newspaper. I know no one who would.

TC, thanks! Offbeat stuff like this is what keeps me coming back!

I'm thinking about entering. The role of the press in democracy has been nagging at me for a while, and I'm curious what reformations need to happen. If I'm unfortunate enough to win, anyone want to suggest some (crazy) ideas to me? Worst thing that happens is a failing newspaper fails - and we experiment with some new ideas.

* Local news should be supreme, especially for a local newspaper.
* A local newspaper should be part community-organizer
* Revenue will have to come from something other than advertisement - perhaps from churches/kiwanis clubs/etc type organizations chip in in like a federation-type organization.
* Subscribers get "stock" in what gets reported, used up in a lottery fashion, so if I'm a subscriber and really want a story on... eh, the local landfill or something, the odds of me getting to dictate a Landfill story goes up every week.
*Publish, in full, a random letter-to-the-editor for one of the Editorial. A random Editorial cannot be anonymous and must be a subscriber.

Other ideas?

What does this mean for the trucking industry? Not sure what share of their costs driver labor is, but I’d expect they’d adopt it in a heartbeat if it could save them much money. Is it assumed self-driving technology will be pretty easily applied to rigs that haul freight, or are there any reasons to believe that uptake will be slow or won’t happen there? I think there are least a couple million truck driving jobs in the US, so that could be a big dea zincirli vinç

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