|The Healdsburg Tribune is Sonoma West's|
flagship paper. (NYT photo by Cayce Clifford)
Rollie Atkinson, whose Sonoma West Publishers owns four papers with a total circulation of about 10,000 in a county that is also served by The Press Democrat, a daily in Santa Rosa. He got the idea from an online news site in Berkeley and has collected a fourth of his $400,000 goal, Tim Arnago reports for The New York Times. The offering ends in March.
Rick Theis, retired from the local wine industry, put up $5,000. He told Arango that he opens his notifications from the Times “with dread. What did our infamous president do now? . . . I really depend on the small community newspaper. They at least have trained journalists reporting the news, which social media does not.” Retired Press Democrat reporter Mary Fricker "said the national mood had not been behind her decision to invest," Arango reports, quoting her: “I grieve every day over what’s happened to journalism, especially newspapers. I need to put my money where my mouth is.”