Local newspapers and social media

Thanks for printing the guest view editorial addressing the issue facing small local newspapers in their competition with Facebook and Google and non-compensation of article use.

While their modern technology has both helped and frustrated the distribution of news, their processes of getting money (45% of all advertising!) to the detriment of long-revered (from Benjamin Franklin on) local news outlets is disturbing. I support the efforts of newspapers to engage the “new media” in negotiations and hope the appropriate Texas elected officials listen.

As an aside, I would gladly pay a small fee to read an article I come across on social media, which would seem to be technologically feasible.

Carol Rowley,


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