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.