Thursday, April 02, 2009

Welcome to a True Two-Newspaper Town

WILKES-BARRE, Penn.-- After passing through Detroit earlier this evening (with its two newspapers, The Detroit News and The Detroit Free Press, our 18-hour visit to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania has begun. Among the many things I learned about the Wyoming Valley here is the story behind THREE newspapers that cover this region, two of them are based in Wilkes-Barre.

Both the Times-Leader and the Citizen's Voice are publishing daily editions here.

Not far up the road in Scranton, Pa., there is the The Times-Tribune, which considers itself the dominant newspaper player in the region with "Northeast Pennsylvania's Largest News Team."

But Wilkes-Barre's Times-Leader also publishes a "Scranton Edition," which just named a new editor, who was on the frontpage of the newspaper today.

And, as if that isn't fascinating enough for followers/fans of news media-- both the CBS affiliate, WYOU-TV and the NBC affiliate, WBRE-TV broadcast from the same studio. The two stations are owned by Nexstar Broadcasting as is, a Web portal for this region.

We hope to see it for ourselves tomorrow-- even as we prepare to address high school students from around the Northeast Pennsylvania region attending the Tom Bigler Conference on the Wilkes University campus.

It will be a packed, but exciting day to be in the Keystone State.

Stay tuned!

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