While in Moose Jaw on the weekend, I sadly drove by the Times-Herald building, where the 125-year-old newspaper is days away from publishing its last edition.
Thirty-five years ago I was hired there as a sports writer, part of a 10-person newsroom devoted to telling Moose Jaw’s stories of life, obits, politics, sports and other interesting events.
Our publisher at the time tried saving money for Thomson Newspapers, the huge corporation that owned the Times-Herald, by changing all the light bulbs. When we went from 60-watts to 25-watts in the men’s washroom, it perhaps foreshadowed the darkness awaiting the newspaper business.
Nobody knew then that newspapers, which had been chronicling the history of their respective towns and cities for decades, would start withering as consumers turned to the internet to get their information. All over the world, printed newspapers are dying or trying to find solutions to making them financially viable. And changing the light bulbs can’t save them.