The last print copy of the Edmonton Journal’s Sunday edition hit the newsstands today. The decision to cut the Sunday Edition was made weeks ago as part of cost cutting measures by the Postmedia Corporation.
After years of profit loses caused by an outdated business model, media corporations across North America are shutting down some newspapers and cutting staff at others. At the Ottawa Citizen, the newsroom was downsized when a substantial number of staff were laid off. One Edmonton Journal staff member recently told me that their colleagues at the paper are expecting more staff cuts closer to home.
Some companies have decided to erect online subscription pay-walls to limit the number of articles that a reader can view for free on the Internet.
In an online world where information and opinion (both good and bad) is free and abundant, I wonder if some companies realize they are undercutting their most valuable contribution to society by laying-off young journalists who have the ability, drive, and resources to report quality local news stories?
I believe reporters working for Alberta’s two big city newspapers, the Calgary Herald and the Edmonton Journal, both owned by the Postmedia Corporation, did a fantastic job providing solid and fair reporting during the recent provincial election.
Local news is what makes newspapers like the Edmonton Journal valuable to a reader like me, even if I almost exclusively read the paper online. Cutting off the eyes, ears, and noses of a local newspaper to save the face of a newspaper corporation will make me less likely to turn to that newspaper as a source of local information.
After taking some time to about it, I remembered the last time I went to a newsstand and purchased a newspaper was November 5, 2008.