News Desert

News deserts are becoming more prevalent around the United States as newspapers fold.

LOUDONVILLE -- The Loudonville Rotary Club has announced its weekly zoom meeting on Thursday, Aug. 6 at noon will feature Ted Daniels, retired editor and general manager of the Ashland Times-Gazette and its sister paper, Wooster Daily Record.

Daniels will discuss the "Perils of the News Desert," a trend that refers to a community that is no longer covered by daily newspapers. The term emerged in the U.S. after hundreds of daily and weekly newspapers were closed since 2000.

According to a study in 2018 by the University of North Carolina School of Media and Journalism, more than 1,300 communities in the U.S. are considered news deserts. Other communities, while not technically a news desert, may be covered by a "ghost newspaper," a publication that has become a shadow of its former self.

Ted Daniels

Ted Daniels

A 1973 graduate of Loudonville High School, Daniels graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and was editor of The Transcript, the school's independent student newspaper. After his first job as a reporter for the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, he joined The Indianapolis Star in 1978 as a copy editor and over the next 24 years served in a variety of senior editing roles, including managing editor. In 2002, he returned to Ashland County where he became editor of the Ashland Times-Gazette, his hometown newspaper.

In 2015, he "retired" from the news business, but was pulled back in six months later as editor of the Mansfield News-Journal. Eighteen months later, he was recruited back as editor of the Times-Gazette and The Daily Record. He retired for good a year ago, after a 45-year career in journalism. Daniels is also the current president of the Rotary Club of Ashland.

As always, the Zoom invitation shall be sent to Rotary members on Wednesday evening. Please look for it in your Inbox. If you have any friends who might be interested in hearing from Daniels, give them Brian Hartzell's email address and he will be happy to send them the invitation link.

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