If you read this morning's papers, you already know that the Durham Herald-Sun's new owners took over with a bang, firing nearly 25% of the workforce. Haven't heard to what extent those cuts affect news in general or Orange County in particular [Ray?]. On the face of it, it's hard to imagine that it bodes well for the paper's commitment to provide quality coverage for Granville, Person, Chatham, and Orange counties as well as Durham.
Also troubling is the new owner's clear concern about cost rather than quality of product. Check out the stories in both the N&O and the Herald itself for a sense of that. Paxton Media has sent 80 unhappy former employees on the streets. Not great for PR. They have done little to introduce the new owners to the community and readers nor have they explained their vision for the paper or strategy for achieving it.
It has long been the case that local coverage sets the Herald apart. You just can't get it anywhere else. It would be nice to hear something from Paxton on their commitment in this regard. National and global news in the Herald and N&O are 90%+ from the same wire stories. The N&O, of course, is the place to go for coverage of state government issues and for Boondocks.