Alas, two newspapers in Massachusetts stop the presses
February 9, 2017
Massachusetts is a small state, but it has a rich history of newspapers.
There are dozens of dailies across the state, most with small but loyal subscriber bases. There are hundreds more non-daily and college papers, special-interest newspapers targeting lawyers and bankers, and even a few published in Chinese.
This week, however, there are two fewer dailies.
The Malden Evening News and Medford Daily Mercury have shut down.
While a number of papers in recent years have cut back on print editions or ended print entirely to focus on online, this is not the case in Malden and Medford. The papers’ shared website is closing as well, and in fact isn’t even accessible anymore, though a Twitter feed for the Evening News continues to publish.
The papers, which ran Monday through Friday, closed up last month.
Advertising becomes a struggle
Both were owned by the family of Daniel J. Horgan, an attorney. He purchased them in the mid-1990s, when both had fallen into bankruptcy. He passed away in 2011.
It doesn’t appear there’s much hope for a revival. Horgan’s son, Patrick, told the Associated Press the advertising simply wasn’t there. He said a lot of the papers’ big advertisers were themselves struggling to stay afloat and didn’t have the means to support the papers.
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