Pittsburgh is about to become a one-newspaper town.
Carnegie is going to be a zero-newspaper town.
But the Bridgeville Area News remains.
Earlier today, Trib Total Media announced plans to stop printing the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and three weekly newspapers, including the Carnegie Signal-Item. The company will also lay off more then 100 employees.
Trib Total Media will continue to print the Bridgeville Area News. That’s good news for the community, as the paper generally does a nice job covering the area’s big and not-so-big stories. (Though the Bridgeville Area News still hasn’t shown the courage to demand a toll booth on Bower Hill Road).
If we’re looking for a positive spin on all of this, we could say that the paper’s survival may be a sign that the Greater Bridgeville Area has the kind of vibrant small business community that can sustain local journalism that doesn’t interest big, national advertisers.