Star News prints final local edition
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It's an impact being felt across the newspaper industry, fewer people are relying on the morning paper for their connection to the world. That combined with tough times, equal changes at the Star News. "Media has been changing there is no denying that, but when you add the recession on top of that it escalated the whole situation and brought it to a whole other level,” said publisher Bob Gruber. Gruber said the paper has to do things differently and are shutting down their nearly forty-year-old printing press. The paper will be printed in Fayetteville, and shipped back to readers in this area. "Number one is economics and number two is just the logic of being able to put out two newspapers at one site." With advertising sales down and plenty of competition from the web, the Star News has seen a decrease in revenue. With the transition to Fayetteville, 24 full-time and 13 part-time employees in the pressroom have been eliminated. The paper has been around since 1867, so it has seen it's fair share of changes. For example, it's name. It was known as The Evening Star, The Morning and now the Star News. Whatever the name or what competition may be out there, some loyal readers aren't giving up this tangible part of their morning routine. "I want to be able to pick it up hold it and read it and do whatever I want with it,” said Christopher W. Rogers. As of Tuesday, the paper will also have a new look. Pages will be two inches narrower than before with a new format and a new logo.

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At least a TV news reporter with a video camera is still an affordable commodity. Point the camera at the subject, flip on the on switch, ask the person to talk, turn it off, move camera, turn camera back on, shoot self asking the question, turn camera off, move camera again to various spots, record "b" roll footage, take back to studio and pull sound bytes needed, cut it into a 15 - 60 second segment. Maybe the future of local television news is a blog site.
I used to get the Star News every day. I advertised in it when I had something for sale. The classifieds got so expensive that I quit listing with them. I guess a lot of others did the same, judging from the scant items listed now. Sunday is nothing but advertising and costs $1.50. I am not spending that much for ads. Some time back, I asked them to deliver the paper on Wednesdays, Saturday and Sunday (wife likes Sunday). They declined. Now, they send out flyers with all kinds of options listed. However, I am no longer interested. Should have listened to their customers when things were going well.
Well, another tradition has gone down the tubes. I for one cannot see how printing the paper in Fayetteville and DRIVING back to Wilmington will save that much money. While I admit I am one who reads the Star on line as well as in the NCSU library, I feel that this is just one more good thing that will eventually go away. The Star has quit printing so much local stuff that it is just like the Raleigh News and Observer and Charlotte Observer who "combined" certain departments but yet laid off hundreds company wide. Oh well, all in the name of progress and economics. And they said the computer and internet would make this a better world.
It saves money because they are using one facility to print several papers. Therefore needing less workers and machinery. Who said the internet would make this a better world? The reason newspapers are failing, is because nobody wants to read about news that happened 24 hours ago! With CNN, MSNBC, FOX news etc... not to mention their websites,that are updated within minutes of a breaking story. Same holds true for the local news, WWAY, WECT, WSFX, etc... not to mention their websites. Thats why newspapers are failing. Every time someone dies, the newspaper loses a customer...everytime someone is born...the internet gains one.
Who said the internet would make this a better world? Look at the millions of jobs the internet has created over the past few decades.....Way more than have been lost from newspaper closings.....
All newspapers have pretty much become AP news streams and celebrity tabloids. Half of newspapers' focus is advertising. They did away with most of the local items of interest like society pages, community happenings, death notices. They don't name names that much in crime anymore or tell about accidents, and they leave out A LOT of what's going on in state govt. so if you keep chopping and dicing until nothing is left of interest locally, that's what happens. It becomes a lot less interesting to people. If you've read one, you've read'em all.