Three-year-old weekly North Carolina newspaper The Garner Citizen published its last print edition March 14, but publisher Barry E. Moore will continue to operate its website.
Moore told The Raleigh Telegram some 1,000 subscribers received the print edition of The Garner Citizen, while more than 10,000 read it online, so continuing the print edition made no sense, adding that distribution and design costs were the issue, not print costs.
From the “obituary” published in The Garner Citizen:
The Garner Citizen, formerly known as The Garner Citizen News & Times, passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 14, 2011. It was only three years old.
A memorial was held Wednesday, March 16, 2011, with the publication of its last print issue.
The Garner Citizen was born July 24, 2007, out of a need to tell the local stories often overlooked by bigger news organizations. The newspaper was the brain child of Barry E. Moore and his sister, Debbie Moore Rodwell. As Garner’s only independently owned and locally operated newspaper, The Garner Citizen prided itself on being not just a business in the community but a community business.
In its brief existence, The Garner Citizen received many awards and accolades. Between 2009 and 2010, the paper won a total of 34 editorial awards from the N.C. Press Association — more than any of the other local papers combined. The Garner Citizen, which strove to be a watchdog of town government, was the first to report on a number of stories, including Southeast Regional Library’s possible closing, the missing fire department funds, and the controversy over the town’s trash contract.
The Garner Citizen was preceded in death by the appreciation of quality print journalism. It leaves behind an entire community and numerous struggling writers, editors, and designers.
In lieu of flowers, please, for the love of God, buy a newspaper.