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It’s a familiar story: “Hedge fund buys paper, guts newsroom.”

Countering that narrative is another, much less familiar, but increasingly common one: “Local paper gains ground, wins subscribers.”

One solution is to start an independent local paper, like the New Haven Independent,founded in 2005, or Harvey County Now (formerly Newton Now), a more recent upstart in Newton, Kan. Another is to buy papers back from corporate chains and revive them. Joey Young, who publishes Harvey County Now, did that with his other three Kansas newspapers.

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