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June 30, 2013

Nathan Brown: We have to keep you coming back

The fact that Anderson residents continue to get the newspaper delivered to their doorstep on a daily basis is a commodity to be cherished in today’s world of journalism.

The fact that in a town without a major pro sports organization within 40 miles a newspaper can afford to staff enough people to produce a product that circulates to 30,000 households every day is an impressive feat.

After taking three years of journalism classes at IU, after a while, all you seem to hear from friends, family and professors alike is that journalism is changing, and newspapers may not survive much into the future.

The capabilities of the Internet are growing every single day. Readers are finding out more and more that virtually all of the news they look forward to reading when they walk out to their driveway in their bathrobe and slippers every single morning to retrieve the newspaper can be found online, and nine times out of 10 it’s free of charge.

Yes, some newspapers are trying to protect their products and set up pay walls for their online content so that only subscribers can get their entire product every day. But, especially in larger cities with several newspapers, as long as some newspapers keep their online content free, readers will flock to that online site, leaving print newspaper subscriptions plunging.

At the Associated Press Sports Editors Convention this week in Detroit, I learned that the Detroit Free Press, one of the city’s two major newspapers, has gone to home delivering a print copy of the news just three days a week. Subscriptions are down, interest in having a hard copy is dropping, and it’s often times just not cost effective to put on paper what you can put online for a fraction of the cost.

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Local Sports
  • Elwood, Liberty Christian advance in county softball tournament The 2014 Madison County Softball tournament got off to a wild start at Liberty Christian on Wednesday night as Elwood and the host Liberty Christian Lions advanced with victories.

    April 17, 2014

  • Tigers, Eagles early winners in Muller Tournament Alexandria and Frankton were the victors in the opening night of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament at Pendleton Heights.

    April 17, 2014

  • SPT - HB0417 - Nick Muller - 05 Bulldogs, Indians impress in openers Lapel and Anderson have very different histories in the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament.

    April 16, 2014 5 Photos

  • Wild week will get later start The busiest week on Madison County's high school sports calendar is going to start a day later than expected.

    April 14, 2014

  • Familiar trio leads boys track teams Much like in years past, Anderson, Lapel and Pendleton Heights have assembled the largest number of track athletes of the area’s 11 high schools. And, while the remaining teams may struggle to compete from a team standpoint, they will send capable athletes to the line to challenge in individual events.

    April 14, 2014

  • New roles, same goals for Arabians

    Perhaps the most remarkable fact about the first 13 years of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament is that no team has repeated as champion.

    April 14, 2014

  • Track stars prepare for numbers game

    Track is a numbers game, not just with times and distances, but with roster sizes as well. Smaller schools often abandon the philosophy of competing for team titles when running against larger schools with nearly double the number of athletes. Instea

    April 14, 2014

  • SPT - HB0413 - Horseshoe Classic - 163 Arabians finish third in Horseshoe Classic It wasn't the place they wanted to be playing for, but the Pendleton Heights Arabians won their final game of the day to finish third in the Horseshoe Classic here Saturday.

    April 12, 2014 3 Photos

  • PH wins Yorktown invite Pendleton Heights and Alexandria opened the 2014 golf season as part of the 15-team field at the Yorktown Invitational. Despite the abundance of blue skies and sunshine, the weather may have been more of a challenge than the 18 holes at The Players Club.

    April 12, 2014

  • New faces dominate Tribe's roster At some point in the very near future — likely Monday — Anderson baseball coach Terry Turner will sit down with his players and explain the significance of the week ahead. He'll tell them who Nick Muller was and why he worked so very hard 14 years ago to help create a tournament that carries the former Indian's name.

    April 12, 2014

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