The Placentia area has lost its community newspaper, The Charter.

The publication was the town's main source of information for 16 years until last week, when parent company Transcontinental Media shut it down with little notice.

Two officials dropped in to the Charter office last Wednesday and told the editor-sales manager to pack up her things, and then locked the doors.

Local residents were shocked, and the closing has been the talk of the town for the last week.

Des Linehan lives in the area, and is a member of the province's rural secretariat.

Linehan said it's not just the way it was done that has upset people.

"It's important in rural Newfoundland that we do have something that we can call our own, that tells our people what it's about," he said. 

Des Linehan

Des Linehan is an area resident and a member of the province's rural secretariat. (CBC)

"It's just another example of things being taken away, taken away, taken away — and that's not right." 

Former Placentia mayor Bill Hogan said people came to depend on the weekly paper.   

"It opened the local government to them ... it opened the church news, the school news, the social news," Hogan said.

Transcontinental redefining business model in Placentia area

Kevin Hiscock, general manager of Transcontinental Media for Newfoundland and Labrador community newspapers, said the closure of the paper came as a consequence of changes in the traditional paper business and a softer advertising market.

Hiscock said the company redefined its business model and product for the area. 

Transcontinental's paper in Carbonear, The Compass, will extend its coverage to the Placentia area.

Hiscock added the final print copy of the newspaper will be delivered on Friday. The website is also expected to be taken down at that time.  

Transcontinental Media owns The Telegram, The Western Star and other community papers around Newfoundland and Labrador.