It’s been a year since Johnson County Sun staffers learned the paper would shut down immediately. Twenty employees were laid off when the 62-year-old paper stopped printing. Its last edition was Aug. 18, 2011.
The Sun’s owner, NPG Newspapers, cited the economy and the difficulty it had making the Sun profitable as factors in the decision to shut it down.
At the time, Steve Rose, the Sun’s former editor, whose family founded the paper, lamented the loss in an interview with the Kansas City Business Journal.
“It’s a real loss,” he said. “The Sun has been a truly independent voice for Johnson County.”
Rose, who now writes a column for The Star’s 913 magazine, sold the 62-year-old paper to NPG Newspapers in 2010.
“I think it’s safe to say that the coverage of Johnson County is no longer anywhere near where it was,” he told the Business Journal. “It’s going to be a complete vacuum.”
Today, though, he says things are looking a bit brighter.
“The Star’s weekly newsmagazine 913 has made substantial strides in filling some of the void left by the demise of The Johnson County Sun and The Olathe Daily News,” he told me. “This new publication has been a major commitment at a time when newspapers are shrinking their news coverage.”
If there are any Sun alumni out there, let us know how and what you’re doing.