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Many small town newspapers have thrived despite the firehouse of news gushing out from the the 24-hour cable news cycle and countless websites dedicated to breaking important news. Their secret? Local focus. In the book Made To Stick the Heath Brothers reported a memo to employees from publisher of the Dunn, North Carolina Daily Record, Hoover Adams. The memo read, in part:
All of us know the main reason anybody reads a local newspaper is for local names and pictures. That’s the one thing we can do better than anybody else. And that’s the thing our readers can’t get anywhere else.
Adams later credited his newspaper’s success by saying it’s good fortune was the result of three things: names, names, and names.