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The Capital Journal in Pierre, S.D., was one of dozens of newspapers across the Dakotas to participate in last week’s “whiteout.” As you can see, the lack of black ink on the front page made for a dramatic display.

The point was to give readers a symbolic look at what it would be like to have no local paper at all. (All the news fit to print was included inside the paper on Oct. 3.)

I think it was a noble thing to do and I hope it gave readers pause.

Editor Nick Lowrey said he heard mostly good things about the effort, “though we did have one angry subscriber call because he felt like we were protesting and he doesn’t like protesting.”



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