My home town paper slips onto the list next to biggies like the SF Chronicle and the LA Times ...
...St. Paul Pioneer Press – Circulation: 184,973 (3% decrease since 2007)...
Minneapolis, our sister city, has the Star Tribune. It's bankrupt of course, but for the moment it only has to outlive the Pioneer Press.
Both papers are a shadow of their former selves.
In my Canadian childhood we had record players, tape recorders, carbon paper, broadcast ad-supported television, VCRs, pay phones, pay toilets (!) and I delivered 3 different varieties of heavy newspaper by bicycle (I must have been stronger than I remember).
All anachronisms (nobody misses the pay toilets).
It's absurd to schlep newsprint from printer to doorstep. I personally won't miss the end of the newspaper.
The trick will be to kill the newspaper but, somehow, preserve the business of written news.