USPS proposal another shot at local newspapers
U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has rolled out a series of price increases and staff cuts that pose a big problem for small papers like Houghton’s Daily Mining Gazette.
Those of you who have a subscription know that the Gazette arrives through the mail service now. This isn’t unusual and was actually encouraged. Newspapers and some periodicals have enjoyed reduced postal rates at the USPS almost since its founding.
A price increase now, after the Gazette (and many newspapers across the country) has resumed the cost-saving measure of utilizing the post office, means a big spike in costs at one of the worst times possible.
This will likely speed the ongoing collapse of the traditional news media industry, which more modern news sources like television and social media still heavily rely on.
You can read the statement from the News Media Alliance, which explains the change and potential impact more starkly, by clicking here.