With the newspaper industry and GateHouse Media in crisis mode these days, it should be interesting to see how the company's experiment in Kansas City, Kansas works out.
In that community, the newspaper, which has been in existence since 1921, will cease to exist this week and be supplanted by a totally online version. The new KC Kansan is in blog format.
With the cost of newsprint and the expected continued downturn in display and classified advertising, should we be surprised if some of GateHouse's less successful newspapers soon follow the Kansan's example?
I would hate to see something like that happen to The Carthage Press, or any of GateHouse's Missouri properties.