Mt Vernon Register-News and McLeansboro Times-Leader

Mt Vernon Register-News and McLeansboro Times-Leader

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

May 2nd, 2018, 3:02 pm #1

...went out of business on February 6, 2018 after over 100 years. This leaves a major communications gap here. Will it be filled? How? By what or whom?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mt._Vernon_Register-News
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

May 4th, 2018, 5:53 pm #2

This is important! How can a town function without proper communications?
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Ranch Girl
Ranch Girl

May 8th, 2018, 7:58 pm #3

This newspaper survived the Great Depression now out of sheer bad management, laziness and over spending the
Community no longer has a Newspaper. There is no excuse for this.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

May 10th, 2018, 1:10 pm #4

Like most questions I googled it. Here's one down-to-earth article on the subject. There are others.
https://www.business.com/articles/prici ... ublishing/

To me an online newspaper isn't really a newspaper, only paper-and-ink qualifies. Also only full-size pages the way they used to be. I don't think those points should be compromised. Nothing else excites me. Of course we'll work in our homes doing necessary communications with electronic gizmos, for the most part. The main compromise to start should be the number of pages and frequency of publication. Perhaps one double-sided page to start, coming out perhaps 2x per week, expanding later as advertising revenue and interest increases. An attempt should be made to increase it to 6 issues per week ASAP, as a top priority. Then add more pages per issue as revenue streams permit. Of course these are only ideas off the top of my head, subject to discussion and changes as practicality determines.

We already have the talent. There are many capable seniors who would love to get involved in a project like this. Of course they can't deliver papers or do heavy lifting, so some youngsters would be needed too. Most would donate their time & effort for free, intending to earn something later, but mostly it would be a labor of love at the start. Employees, payrolls, and a storefront seem unnecessary in the beginning. However all pipe dreams aside, there would (must!) be significant prospects for those who get in on the ground floor to make a profit eventually, else it fails in our economic system. So a long term profit is necessary as an objective too.

Basic jobs include: advertising, accounting, printing, delivery, writers & reporters, and editors.I can smell the stacks of newspapers, see the paper boys and girls delivering them on bicycles, and hear the roar of the presses running already. So who else is interested, besides me?
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