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National Newspaper Week

"Newspapers are dead," a solemn but dubious audience of students heard. "In 10 years, they'll be gone altogether."

We've all heard the grim assessment.

But it didn't come this year, when corporate greed downsized far too many newsrooms.

It didn't come 15 years ago, when social media began to cocoon us into echo chambers that let us hear only what we believe.

It didn't come 30 years ago, at the dawn of the Internet letting us browse multiple sources of information.

It didn't come 45 years ago, when cable news channels began giving us talking heads, mouthing the same points over and over.

The gr...