The Dispatch bought out the SNP newspaper publishers last year, and it now looks like the end is on the way for the suburban papers that were printed by the SNP (the company that owned the papers was called “American Community Newspapers II LLC” at the time of the purchase.)
The story in the Business First says the two newspapers which covered the Grandview area will be smushed together into one publication carrying the title of “ThisWeek Tri-Village News”
What will this mean for news coverage in Grandview Heights? If the level of attendance at school board meetings and city council meetings is not improved by the ThisWeek staff, it could be a big loss for the city.
Alan Froman, with ThisWeek, is a stalwart at attending both the school board and city council meetings. He is a good observer of the often boring meetings and was able to extract the important stuff for an informative story. Having a single reporter who has a long history with the organizations is important to learn the facts that might slip by a less knowledgeable person.
Mr. Froman will continue to report for the combined newspapers, according the staff listing on the ThisWeek website. That’s good news – but it also means that there will be less reporters at the meetings. However good Mr. Froman’s coverage of the news, he is only one person. The alternate angles that a second reporter brought to the coverage was important. This is a loss for Grandview.
(later) The servers have been turned off, all links to old news stories on the Tri-Village newspaper website now re-direct to the ThisWeek server. With the turn of a switch all the history of Grandview recorded in the Tri-V newspaper has been flushed down the tubes. Maybe they will complete the microfilm archive of the paper, but who has the time to read old unindexed microfilm?
I checked the Wayback Machine in the hopes that something might be saved. Nope – they set the robots.txt file to deny all archiving of the newspaper. History has been deleted.