I used to check up on the hometown news pretty regularly, but lately the online edition of the Brodhead Independent Register is more independent and less of a register. The front page says nothing of substance except (this isn't of substance either):
"Looking for more great local news?"
No, I'm looking for SOME great local news. I clicked on the "News" link and it says:
"E-mail your news
Email your local news items to the Independent-Register at ... Deadline is noon Friday. "
So I guess it's become kind of a self-service newspaper. And I cannot help but appreciate the audacity of having a deadline for those benevolent (if unproductive) readers. Does the print edition expect a reader to draw their own pictures and call around town to figure out who is having a rummage sale?
This strikes me as a very sustainable format for a newspaper.
On that note, my blog has not had anything thought provoking, clever, witty, or otherwise worthwhile in quite some time, so get on that, people. Deadline is noon Friday.