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The de-conglomerating media

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I was a bit disappointed with the Oct. 2 issue of HCN devoted to grassroots journalism in the West. For starters, it neglected to mention that some evidence suggests the long trend toward conglomerate takeover of local papers, a great rallying point for the alternative press, may be starting to reverse itself. It also omitted any mention of the student media and college and university journalists around the region who provide alternative voices in their communities well beyond their campuses. Finally, a broader and more useful look at the independent media in the West might have provided readers with a directory of small news sources.

Reuben Ellis
Associate Professor of English and Journalism
Prescott College
Prescott, Arizona

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