Philadelphia Inquirer: Digital First – “I never thought it could get this bad.”

Bob Fernandez
Philadelphia Inquirer

Experts now warn of “ghost papers” and a “turn-the-lights-out scenario” for many Digital First publications, even in well-off suburbs. As the company extracts profits from its newspapers it also fails to transform them into viable media assets for the digital age — despite its name.

Alden officials declined to respond to calls last week and again Tuesday.

“I never thought it would get this bad,” said Valerie Arkoosh, the chairwoman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.

“How do citizens know who to vote for unless they take it upon themselves to do a substantial amount of their own research? There is virtually no coverage of school board meetings anymore. If you don’t have the time to watch the stream (of the school board meetings), how do you know what’s going on?”

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