Instead of closing as some North American newspapers have been forced to do, a Canadian newspaper owner decided to donate the publication back to its community. The Gleaner, which began publishing in 1863, is now run by the Chateauguay Valley Community Information Services and an 11-person volunteer steering committee.
“We had a number of people who stepped in due to their value of the newspaper rather than having any experience working in communications or journalism,” Hortop told NiemanLab. “They just felt strongly that The Gleaner had to keep going, and if there was a way to do it with community effort, we were going to make it happen.”
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