Monday, December 15, 2008

Times hard, but our duty is still to you

Benjamin J. Marrison, editor of The Columbus Dispatch, writes:

My note back to the subscriber in West Lafayette, in Coshocton County, was that in an economy such as this, newspapers are examining everything. If you follow the newspaper industry, you know that papers are trimming their staffs and newsprint as the economy spirals downward. When car dealers aren't selling cars, they're not buying advertisements. The same is true of other businesses. And advertisers pay the bulk of the cost of producing the paper you receive each morning, although subscription revenue helps.

These are anxious times in our industry -- because of the economy, not the journalism.

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