Friday, February 13, 2009

"The Gazette Will Survive"

That's what John Hazelhurst, a writer for the Business Journal,  just said during a KRDO news story interview about the plight of newspapers which have been shrinking for years now.
Hazelhurst commented on how some newspapers will publish less days and how print will be moving to more of an online presence.
He's correct.  Newspapers have been gravitating to the internet for years.  Some have been a bit slower than others.
The Detroit Free Press is an example of a newspaper printing less.  I believe they are printing three days a week now.  I'll have to check but I believe that's the case.   Don't forget they are in a part of the U.S. that has been hit hard by this recession.  We all have. But I believe those that who adjust correctly will survive and maybe even thrive.
Our newspaper has decreased in size but it is currently stable in subscriptions.  In fact we are making postive changes.  Our online presence and viewership is increasing rapidly.  We haven't forgotten about our subscribers who prefer an actual newspaper either.  We, along with everyone else in the business, have a few kinks to work out but I think readers will start to see an improved difference sooner that later.
This recession has been hard on the newspaper business but The Gazette is adjusting.  We have a publisher who is very aware of what readers want in a newspaper and has a staff who are motivated.
We have work to do but I'll just say January was a good month for us and now hopefully for you the reader.  Bear with us.  It's going to get better and better.

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