Macon couple in search of good news

In a time where most news can be consumed digitally, one Macon couple decided to start their own community newspaper.

After just six months, they've decided to shut down. But it started with an idea.

Doug Deal was tired of the death, tragedy, and controversy.

So he asked his skeptical wife Lauren about starting their own paper.

"I was not convinced that it would be successful or easy to find positive news in Bibb county," she said.

Doug was convincing enough because the Macon Community Newspaper successfully launched in July.

Lauren edited, Doug published, and both reported alongside community members to bring the good news to readers.

"It's just a matter of finding them and publicizing them. People like the drama, and they're drawn to that. Although I don't think it satisfies them. It's kind of like eating junk food all day," Doug said.

And all of it was free for readers. The couple financed the paper themselves.

The total cost of production a month was about $3,500.

The paper reached more than 10,000 homes.

"I think there's so much to be hopeful for in Bibb county right now. There are so many great things going on and they've been going on but it really takes seeing them and being a part of them to know," said Lauren.

But the Deals say they had a hard time generating ad revenue to keep running. So the last issue was printed December 1st.

"I think that we produced six months of a high-quality well-written newspaper," Lauren said. "And I think that to me made it successful."


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