Decatur Daily print edition frequency to change 2/5/18

In a column published yesterday, Clint Shelton, publisher of The Decatur (Ala.) Daily, announced that the paper is changing the print frequency of the paper to five days a week – because of changing reader habits and a new tariff being levied against newsprint.

Beginning March 5, the print edition of The Decatur (Ala.) Daily will be delivered daily except Saturday and Monday. The monthly subscription rate, unchanged since 2015, will not change.


New paper tariffs could cost jobs at U.S. publishers 2/3/18

By Jon Allsop
Reprinted from Columbia Journalism Review

In mid-January, the U.S. Department of Commerce slapped a tariff on Canadian newsprint, which is used by around 75 percent of U.S. publishers and is particularly prevalent in the Northeast. Even though the duty may yet be reversed, American newspapers – already struggling to go to print in an era of rapidly declining circulation – have to pay it in the meantime. Many publishers fear it'll add upward of 10 percent to their print costs, and could even result in job losses.


U.S. Senator for New York says duties on special paper from Canada will hurt newspapers 1/30/18

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York urged the U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday, Jan. 26, to reconsider its recent decision to impose duties on the raw material – uncoated groundwood paper from Canada – used by already at-risk newspaper companies.

Schumer said Canadian groundwood paper is used by small to large newspapers, and if the federal government pursues large duties, newspapers, which already operate on tight margins, would suffer, causing workers to lose jobs and diminishing the flow of top-notch journalism.

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