Increased on-line content, newspaper now five days a week including Sunday
In order to prosper in today's ever-increasingly difficult business environment with its rapidly rising costs, The Wellsville Daily Reporter is faced with two hard choices: To significantly raise rates to our loyal and valued subscribers and advertisers, or to tighten our belts.
Taxes are going up. Gasoline is going up. Paper prices are going up. Heating, utilities and insurances are all going up. You feel it, too. These same rising expenses are pinching your budget.
That's why I have chosen the latter of the two choices. To tighten our belts, that is. And in turn, we will forestall the need to raise rates in the foreseeable future to our subscribers or our advertisers.
Needless to say, there are few communities of the size of greater Wellsville that have been able to sustain a daily newspaper.
Decades ago, the community daily newspapers, one by one, became weekly newspapers because the ever-rising cost of things like printing, paper and fuel amounted to more than the revenue the paper could generate.
The Wellsville Daily Reporter has survived, even flourished. But today, more than ever, we face the challenging economic paradigm that so many newspapers have been forced to deal with — the economic realities in a small, if not shrinking market.
Therefore, as of Monday, March 3, the Daily Reporter is suspending its printing of the Monday paper. I believe it is the best option to sustain the viability of the Reporter into the foreseeable future.
As you know, the Monday paper has little local news beyond police reports, obituaries and hospitals (because, quite frankly, not much happens here on Sunday.) All Monday police reports, hospitals, death notices and local news will appear in Tuesday's paper.
A quick glance at the Monday paper makes it apparent even to the casual reader that the only thing scarcer than local news is advertisements. And ads pay the bills.
The newly designed Daily Reporter will continue to print on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. The Reporter's increasingly popular website, www.wellsvilledaily.com, will also continue to expand its features and content.
Though we will not be printing or delivering a paper on Monday, the business office will remain open on Main Street in downtown Wellsville from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
(Oak Duke, publisher of the Wellsville Daily Reporter, can be reached at (585) 593-5300 or at email@example.com)