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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"Fit to Print"...the first lines

"Every Tuesday, a silver-haired woman in her eighties enters the Sayre Record & Beckham County Democrat and plunks down seventh-five cents for the latest news."

That's my lead for the article in the new issue of Oklahoma Today, a story about Oklahoma's weekly newspapers.

I interviewed people at Sayre, Cherokee, Madill, Sallisaw, Oologah and Oklahoma City to try to tell this story about more than 150 small newspapers  that affects people in every county of the state.

Print ain't dead. Neither is this journalist.

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