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While I am sadden by the potential loss of so many newspapers in Connecticut, including my hometown local, The Bristol Press, this is not a new story. With the advent of the internet explosion and access to news off our "phones", print media is falling victim to a better faster way for people to get news. As a result, we will soon be paying to have access to news via internet and cell phone, a propsition some will find hard to swallow.I just hope that no numpskull liberal mayor dosen't try to imitate the bail-out king the new president elect appears to be.Taxpayers have forked out billions and under this new guy I am affraid the newspaper industry could be next. RIP Bristol Press.
The Hartford Courant has decent coverage of Bristol. As a matter of fact the Courant was the only of the few papers covering Bristol at the time of the 2003 mayoral campaign to investigate and report of Couture's bizarre and dishonorable police career. It wouldn't surprize me if Ward proposed having the city buy the Press because it's political reporter does front page stories of his and his campaign volunteers political stunts. I'd like to see a paper like the Waterbury Republican set up a satelite office in Bristol like they do in other smaller cities outside of the Waterbury area.
The Courant doesn't cover Bristol anymore except incidentally. And it's looking at more cutbacks, not expansion.
You don't get it, 5:55.Without the Press, there won't be any news about Bristol to get, not from your phone, or your computer or your newspaper. Bristol will cease to exist from a news perspective except for the occasional lurid murder.
Steve...with all due respect...the Bristol Press has lost it's local flavor years ago. One could argue that is one reason it is failing. Incidently, this is not just a Bristol Press problem, as noted earlier. This is a systemic disease with in the newspaper industry. Don't fool yourself, or maybe I should except that you are a bit emotional, rigthfully so, but if people want to make the news, U_Tube and a host of internet options are available. One simply needs some creativity, something the Press has lost.
Steve's entire point here is being lost, which is really a shame because it was so eloquently made. What he's saying is that despite the perceived weaknesses, lifelessness or any other -ness you want to throw at the Press, it is still a vitally important part of life on a daily basis for so many people here. Community journalism is not about endorsing a presidential candidate nor uncovering whatever smear you want to throw at them. It's about making sure the shutter clicks when the Boy Scouts plant a tree along Memorial Boulevard and putting glimpses into the everyday goings-on of humanity onto a permanent medium. Hate the Bristol Press or be happy to see it die. That's really not important to those of us in the trenches. Believe me, we don't do this for our egos or out of some sense of gratification that we are bringing disruption to the day. These juvenile swipes at what we're supposed to be are falling short of the mark. Because if we go away, you'll have NOBODY to bitch to.-the BP public safety reporter
new K-8 school gym...formerly the Bristol Press building
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