Restart the presses?

I appreciated this article about the impact of printing press closures and changes on the ability of local newspapers to do what they do:

Restart the Presses?
Plant closures and consolidation prompt earlier deadlines, longer drives, higher costs as papers scramble to stay in print

A lot of the papers and press situations discussed there feel uncomfortably similar to our own here in Indiana.

Our existence as a print newspaper is heavily dependent on the health and operation of a few specific vendors, including our printer, and if they change their pricing, shift their schedule or go out of business, we’re in trouble.

Yes, we’re always working on having plans B and C in place, but in a constricting landscape of printing options, there may not be a plan D or E.

Chris Hardie is a journalist, newspaper publisher, software developer and entrepreneur based in Indiana, USA. Read more from Chris on this site, learn more on his personal website, subscribe for updates or follow Chris on Mastodon.

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