Some people say that Joplin is not big enough for one business newspaper, much less two.
The Joplin Business Journal will reportedly publish its final edition Tuesday, leaving the field to Joplin Tri-State Business. The Journal, a project of the folks at Asay Publshing, has been in existence since the beginning of 2006, but has never made much of a dent with its reporting, most of which has been relegated to the "let's write a story and get someone to buy an ad because of it"type of business coverage.
Joplin Tri-State Business, started at approximately the same time by the Springfield Business Journal, has featured more actual news about the business world since its inception.
Both newspapers started about the same time, the well-established Joplin Globe was challenged by GateHouse Media's Joplin Daily, which had two things going for it, a solid concept and John Hacker, and failed to build on either of those positives.
It will be interesting to see what difference, if any, the demise of the Joplin Business Journal will have on the content of Joplin Tri-State Business.