The Richmond Register

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April 20, 2013

A newspaper company in transition

RICHMOND — When I’m out in the community, the first question I’m asked is how the newspaper is doing. My response is always the same: We are doing just fine. And today, regardless of what you hear or read, we are doing just fine.

However, the economic realities we now face are the most challenging we’ve ever experienced. We must constantly evaluate where we’ve been, where we are going and what it will take for us to get there. It’s important that we do this to remain the dominant provider of news and information in Madison County.

With that in mind, the Richmond Register is changing its print publication schedule. As of May 6, the Richmond Register will be available on newsstands and delivered to home delivery subscribers Tuesday through Sunday. We will no longer publish a Monday edition.

This change reflects the world around us. Like people working for newspapers everywhere, we at the Richmond Register must attune our work to the realities of our business and the demands of our readers and advertisers. Gone are the days when we printed the news once a day on paper, then put it in the hands of carriers who relayed it across the community, only to start all over again the next day.

Today we’re on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to deliver information through a variety of methods. The Richmond Register will continue to provide top-quality news and advertising on our website, www.richmondregister.com, on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/therichmondregister , and via our other digital products including mobile apps for iPhone and Android phones, and mobile text alerts.

When the Great Recession hit several years ago, there was a lot of fear in our business, and some in the public believed newspapers were dying. A few large metros even closed their doors. Though that perception somewhat lingers today, I can reassure you the Richmond Register is here to stay.

Several years ago, Billy Ray Hughes, magistrate of the Madison County Fiscal Court asked me at a community function an important question about the survival of community newspapers: “If you’re (the Richmond Register) not around, who is going to keep us (local governments) honest? Who is going to be the watchdog of the community?”

The answer was simple: The Richmond Register will. We’re not going anywhere. While it may look different in the future, the Richmond Register will continue to fulfill its mission of being both a community watchdog and the main source of news and information affecting your life.

That’s our pledge and promise to the citizens of Madison County, even as we constantly evaluate our business model and tweak it to honor that promise.

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