Ed Shamy is one newspaperman who isn’t worried about his industry’s collapse, says John Curran in the Associated Press. The 50-year-old journalist is the sole employee of the County Courier (est. 1878), a weekly newspaper in tiny Enosburg Falls, Vt. (pop. 1,443). Shamy doesn’t just write the copy, lay out the pages, and solicit ads. He opens mail, stuffs envelopes, cleans the bathroom, and hauls out the trash. Laid off from his job at the Burlington Free Press last August, he was determined to stay in both journalism and Vermont. So when he discovered that the Courier was for sale, he and his wife bought it. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime,’’ he says. “This place is so rock-solid embedded in this community, it has a lot of life.” Shamy has published nine issues of the 75-cent tabloid to date, and he’s confident that it will be around for a while. “This is the future of newspapers—rooted firmly in 1878. By telling people who was born and who died, by telling people about that big fire, you are keeping the glue of a community together. Some guy was doing, 130 years ago, exactly in a place like this, what I’m doing right now. Except he had a better heating system.”
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