There was a push to do this in Illinois about four years ago; the head of the Illinois Press Association dubbed it "The latest government takeover". No, really.
I should have gotten out of newspapers way before I did; at one of the papers I worked at, an appallingly high percentage of their revenue came from delinquent tax notices. It also had "Republican" in the name, so it wasn't appreciated when I used the word "welfare" to describe what was keeping us afloat.
The thing is, it would save money. I had hardcore conservatives arguing with me that, this time, it didn't matter because reasons, mainly that it affected our livelihood rather than someone else's (though not worded exactly like that).
I use one of these:
Since newsprint tends to use soy ink, it's a great way to start charcoal and have absolutely no lighter fluid smell or taste. When I still worked in the 'biz, I'd just snag an old bundle once in a while, or snag some out of the recycle bins.
This is what scares the hell out of me. I worked for a company that thought the Next Big Thing was going to be to build websites with submission forms facing the public, and people would just willingly write for us, for free. They based this on (you can tell this is a few years back) the popularity of Digg. They somehow conveniently forgot that Digg was (and is) largely an aggregator, and that they got their content from people like us, the paid journalists.
Having worked in an office where I was working production, but I was the only person with an actual journalism degree... :-/
And to finish it off, it doesn't help that many community papers are owned by multinational holdings companies now. They have to turn a profit. Period. Ain't gonna happen. For one thing, that shoudn't be the top priority--but it is. That's why you see community papers with bland coverage, covering ribbon cuttings, club meetings, and Chamber of Commerce luncheons.
And because the owners are themselves for-profit, it's why you see newspapers getting jerked around. I worked for one large company that moved all Web operations to the corporate level. We were admonished to make sure all news went to the website first, before it hit the street, even though we were still expected to publish a dead-tree paper at a profit. And the number of times I had conversations with advertising reps, letting them know that the customer they were tasked with getting to buy banner ads was already on the website because the customer was already buying ads through Adsense...
I miss it, and recognize that I'll likely never work another day in that business. I fear that journalism will be dead when print, radio, and TV go away.