It’s been a rough year for newspapers. In May, New Orleans’ Times-Picayune announced they’d be cutting back to three print editions per week. Similar reductions have occurred at major dailies in Detroit, Birmingham, and Seattle, just to name a few. Here in Charleston, The Post and Courier has taken its own steps toward survival, including a buy-out offer for staff back in 2008, followed by erecting a pay wall for readers to access their online content beginning last April. The serious downside here is that instead of paying $10/month for access (or $20/month for online access and home delivery of the print edition), many former readers have chosen simply to remain uninformed. With Facebook to share the stuff that really matters, who needs a daily newspaper? Well, without quality local news and the funding to pay quality reporters to produce it, there won’t be much to share on Facebook except disgruntled complaints about stuff that’s already happened (from new eyesore developments to new interstates to alcohol bans) without public response until it’s too late. Fortunately, the City Paper is still free, both in print and online. Daily updates keep readers informed of pretty much everything that matters in Charleston, thanks to smart local and national businesses that recognize the benefit of print advertising. You win, dear reader, and you pay nothing. You’re very welcome.