Gannett Blog shutting down July 10

A blog I have come to enjoy, Gannett Blog, which is operated by former USA Today editor and reporter Jim Hopkins, is reportedly endings its run in July.

In a May 26, 2009, column, Hopkins explains why he is closing down the blog.

The bottom line: I began publishing Gannett Blog on Sept. 11, 2007. On Oct. 1, 2009, I will stop active management. I intend to lock the blog in place, with all content and comments visible. No more comments will be allowed, nor removed. Basically, Gannett Blog will become a point-in-time snapshot of a Fortune 500 company in transition. I hope to find a permanent custodian for the content, in lieu of Google’s Blogger division.

Apparently, he never meant for the blog to last longer than two or three years, thinking the company would close down.

Is it ironic that while newspapers are contemplating closing their doors forever, a blog on a newspaper company is doing something similar?

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