The Post-Herald was a good newspaper
The death of a good newspaper leaves a void in lives of people. For newspaper people, the loss is greater because they think that they failed.
The Birmingham Post-Herald died last week at age 55 and not because its staff failed. It had been on life support ever since The Birmingham News decided in 1996 that it would no longer be an afternoon newspaper.
With the joint operating agreement between the newspapers, that meant the Post-Herald had no choice but to attempt to buck the trend away from afternoon readership, or find another set of presses.
The shift in reader habits was too great. The Post-Herald lost its base of readers to the News.
Publishing a newspaper is tremendously expensive. Publishing a good newspaper is also exceedingly rewarding because of the opportunities to help people, to inform them, to be their friend and defender.
The Post-Herald did all of those things.