La Conner Weekly News - Your independent hometown award-winning newspaper

By Ken Stern 

Musings - on the editor's mind

 

April 15, 2020



Among everything else collapsing in our society, this pandemic could be the death knell for newspapers. Publishers are worried. Ads have disappeared, page numbers have shrunk – except for a so far stubbornly resistant Weekly News – and some have eliminated issues. The Cascadia Weekly is for now a bi-weekly.

Subscriptions and retail sales are 16 percent of the Weekly News annual revenues. Paper sales just about cover the single cost of printing the paper annually.

What does this mean? Newspaper subscribers get an incredible deal. The business model is, pay a token amount to get...



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