My daily paper just became less paperly.
This morning, when I picked up my daily newspaper from my doorstep, I was in for an unpleasant surprise.
Its management said in a small box on the front page:
Due to a sharp rise in production costs and the price of paper worldwide, we have made minor changes to the daily paper. The weekend paper remains unchanged.
Fake news alert!
The “small change” is a reduction in the number of pages from 24 to 16. If every waiter would get small change like that, they’d be millionaires!
To reduce a publication to two-thirds is no small feat at all. They got to be kidding. On Labor Day. My perfect newspaper delivery man had put a rubber band around it, probably that the wind won’t blow it away.
One of the reasons for my subscription is to support the survival of paper papers – not to promote them to become weekend magazines with a pamphlet on weekdays.
I’m going to let them know. Let them reduce the letter by 20%. Let them reduce the size of the illustrations by 70%. Let them cut out the one and a half pages of ‘entertainment billboard’ that is already in a supplement to the weekend paper.
Sad when readers need to defend a paper against its management.