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Joe Smith, Profiled

In an encouraging sign that not every single print journalist is terrified and/or disdainful of bloggers, Maryland-based The Gazette profiles Joe Smith, publisher of The College Park Observer and The Die, proprietor of Manual Publishing and faithful Friend of Pete Lit.

After printing 1,000 copies of The College Park Observer newspaper last August, Smith said the blog could attract a citywide reader base that proves essential to any print publication.

‘"This is the first college town I’ve ever seen without a local, alternative paper...[The blog] could really drum up support so I can maybe [distribute the newspaper] again."

Joe's blog includes some amusing backstory on how the interview went down. Actually, that photo didn't really turn out that bad.

February 2, 2007 in Books | Permalink

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