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Publishers anticipate continued readership despite Web explosion

Newspapers that serve community have bright future

Even though some naysayers predict the importance of newspapers will dwindle with increased usage of the Internet, industry insiders say the newspaper business will continue to prosper.

“The newspaper business will continue to do well, especially the smaller newspapers,” said newspaper publisher Wyatt Emmerich. “The price for newspapers is about as high as it’s always been, so that’s a good indication of what people think they’re going to do in terms of growth in the future.”

Emmerich recently added the Scott County Times to his newspaper arsenal. With a staff of about 250, Emmerich publishes three dailies and 16 community weeklies in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.

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