One of the community newspapers that I write for has been going through some hard times lately, and the decision to pull the pin and give up looks like the only alternative at this stage.
We have gone from a production team of 7 down to 3, and if I was to be totally honest, it really is only 2 people doing most of the work.
It’s not enough that we can’t find help with the content and formatting, but we are really having a big issue in getting any sponsorship.
Most months we are lucky if we can cover our printing costs. It is only due to a small grant that we received last year that we have been able to hang in there as long as we have.
When asked how important a community newspaper is to the local area, most people agree that it is invaluable, but when it comes to putting our money where our mouth is I guess that’s a whole different story.
It’s sad to see something you have loved and worked so hard on fold, but at this point I really can’t see any alternative.
This week is going to be full of meetings and emotions will be running high, I may need to stock up on chocolate to help me get through, of course if chocolate fails to help there is always wine right?