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Letter: Support the Daily Chronicle and print journalism

To the Editor:

Regarding Eric Olson's column of May 11: When I moved to DeKalb in 1981, one of the first things I did was to subscribe to the Daily Chronicle.

In those days, the Chronicle was sad, if not a joke. I had been an editor at the Chicago Tribune throughout the 1960s, and the Tribune had its share of warts, but nothing like the Chronicle.

Over the ensuing 40 years I have noted a slow but remarkable improvement in the Chronicle. Yes, I still note gaffes, which on occasion I point out and suspect are underappreciated, but on the whole, the Chronicle is now a very good local newspaper.

I cannot imagine being without it. So many of my friends and acquaintances do not subscribe, I suspect because they recall those days when it was called the comical, which is not fair or apt.

Newspapers like any business need revenue. Classified ads, once a cash cow, are no more. That leaves display ads, but the purchasers of those ads have been eroded by the internet – read: Amazon.

As for the Tribune, it is no longer in Tribune Tower. Imagine! When I was last makeup editor, the Sunday Tribune weighed about 10 pounds, give or take. The Sunday Tribune this week weighed about 1.7 pounds.

Print journalism is shaky at best. Value our Chronicle.

Tom Smith

DeKalb

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