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April 28th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Great editorial by The Capital Times in Madison, Wisc., explaining its historic move over the weekend to publishing its daily offering entirely to the web after 90 years in print.

Today marks our last edition as a traditional daily newspaper of the sort Americans knew in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Starting tomorrow, The Capital Times will be a daily newspaper of the sort Americans will know in the 21st century. . . .

Our purpose is [Capital Times founder William T.] Evjue’s purpose: We want to ensure that Madison, Dane County and Wisconsin have an independent voice for peace and economic and social justice that speaks truth to power each and every day.

What would Evjue — who was not just a newspaperman but a pioneer when it came to embracing radio and television as vehicles for communicating progressive ideas — say about this change?

He would caution us not to worry about the form The Capital Times takes, but rather to be concerned with the content and character of our message. And, as always, Evjue would be right. We will keep on giving the people the truth and the freedom to discuss it, and all will be well.

More from BuzzMachine (“Bravo, I say.), Jay Rosen (“The presses have stopped but the press goes on.”) and NYT.

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