The South Boston Tribune published its final edition Thursday. The Dorchester Argus-Citizen, Jamaica Plain Citizen, and Hyde Park Tribune are also folding.
In an era before Facebook, Twitter, and online news sources became the norm, community papers were a constant for many Boston neighborhoods. But as more readers migrated to the Web for their news and classified ads, it became increasingly difficult for the newspapers to remain financially viable.
“[Local papers] certainly don’t have trouble attracting readers,” said Dan Kennedy, an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University. “The trouble they face, something we all face, is that the advertising game has changed so much. It’s an economic challenge.”