South Australian journalist Peri Strathearn. (Image: Supplied)

When the town of Braidwood, near Canberra, lost its local newspaper, some residents asked a very simple journalistic question: "How are we going to know who's died?"

Obituaries, council notices and local sport -- these had been essential in keeping the community informed and connected. Now they were gone. 

The Braidwood Times is just one of about 152 community and regional newspapers around the country that have suspended printing due to the pandemic. After surviving the loss of classifieds and the move towards Facebook and Google, they now face their biggest challenge yet in COVID-19.