"The Kickstarter campaign did not generate the money it set as a goal," The Hardwick Gazette reports. "The final contest entries are still arriving but it is unlikely a new owner will be chosen from the entries as 700 were needed. As such, the entry fees will be returned. Perhaps, some of the essayists will step forward to explore buying the newspaper. The motivation remains to find a new owner because The Hardwick Gazette is a foundation block of democracy."
The Kickstarter campaign's goal was $100,000. The fee for each 400-word essay was $175. Some readers wrote "I don't want to win" essays as contributions, but the Gazette reports, "The quality of essays received to this point is outstanding. The essayists have journalistic and business experience. They convey an appreciation for independent, local journalism, an understanding of community and a knowledge that hard work and thick skin go with the territory. Their passion for newspapers shines through."
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