This Feb. 20, 2019 photo shows a microfilm copy of the Daily Guide at the library in Waynesville, Mo. With the shutdown of the Daily Guide in September 2018, this town of 5,200 people in central Missouri's Ozark hills joined more than 1,400 other cities across the United States to lose a newspaper over the past 15 years, according to an Associated Press analysis of data compiled by the University North Carolina.
camera (Orlin Wagner/AP) This Feb. 20, 2019 photo shows a microfilm copy of the Daily Guide at the library in Waynesville, Mo. With the shutdown of the Daily Guide in September 2018, this town of 5,200 people in central Missouri's Ozark hills joined more than 1,400 other cities across the United States to lose a newspaper over the past 15 years, according to an Associated Press analysis of data compiled by the University North Carolina.

The local news industry is struggling from a decline in readers and advertising, especially in small towns across the US.

Over the past 15 years, more than 1,400 towns and cities have lost a newspaper. Among them are the twin towns of Waynesville and St. Robert in central Missouri's Ozark hills.

The newspaper that served them closed last September, leaving residents without a source of regular news about their community.

The reasons for the closures vary. But the result is that many Americans no longer have someone watching the city council for them, chronicling the soccer exploits of their children or reporting on the kindly neighbor who died.

Natalie Sanders, a former editor, said that when the Daily Guide folded it felt like an old friend had died.

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