End of era for local newspapers
The South Boston Tribune, which gave voice to the neighborhood for a generation, printed its last edition on Thursday. In its heyday the paper helped define the identity of South Boston before it was transformed by an influx of residents born elsewhere. In an era before Facebook, Twitter, and on-line new sources became the norm, community papers were a constant for many Boston neighborhoods. But as more readers migrate to the web, it has become increasingly difficult for the newspapers to remain financially viable.