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Harrisburg Loses Its Daily Paper As ‘Patriot-News’ Goes To 3 Days a Week

(Credit: Tony Romeo)

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(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania’s capital city will soon join the ranks of other cities that no longer have a daily newspaper.

Along with some of its other papers including those in New Orleans and Syracuse, Advance Publications has announced that its Harrisburg newspaper, the Patriot-News, will begin publishing a print version only three days a week.

The word comes as the City of Harrisburg struggles to avoid bankruptcy.

Among the folks who said they will miss the daily print version was William Lynch, the court-appointed receiver for the city.

“I don’t know whether it’s vital to the city’s fiscal recovery, but it’s a nice thing, certainly, to have a daily paper,” he told KYW Newsradio today.

In an on-line story written by Sara Ganim, who earlier this year won a Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, describes the move by the Patriot-News to end the daily print version and focus instead on the Internet as being driven by innovation, not cost-cutting.