Peninsula Clarion cuts print to one day per week

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The final Wednesday edition of Kenai’s Peninsula Clarion will be printed and delivered on Wednesday, June 26, after the parent company, Alabama-based Carpenter Media, decided to trim from two days a week to just one. The newspaper, as so many are, is slowly become an online publication.

“We will publish our last Saturday paper July 6 and deliver readers a weekly paper every Friday following,” the newspaper announced Friday.

One year ago, the Peninsula Clarion and Juneau Empire went from five days week down to two days for their print editions, and, along with Homer News, took the printing work to a firm outside the state.

At the same time, Carpenter Media Group, which acquired Sound Publishing earlier this year, announced it is laying off 62 people in the Northwest, including half of the unionized employees at the Everett Herald. Carpenter owns more than 40 newspapers in Washington and about 200 publications altogether.

Neither the Homer News nor the Juneau Empire have announced similar moves to reducing the print edition. The Empire prints twice a week and Homer prints once.

16 COMMENTS

  1. As my good friend observed: “I already thought, years ago, that the Capital City Weekly was better than the Empire, and then the Empire bought them out to eliminate the competition. Soon, the Juneau Empire will be a zero-day newspaper, and I won’t even notice the change.”

  2. What are all the left-wing commie writers going to do now? Live off of their parent’s savings, marry someone wealthy, inherit money from dead spouses, or claim homelessness?
    Joe Biden to the nanny state rescue.
    🤣

  3. Among things fading with the advent of the internet are: shopping malls, night clubs, libraries, office buildings, retail stores, movie theaters, and pring media; basically anything otherwise obtained on the internet. Those in denial of the trend suffer consequences; for exaple, Blockbuster was in position to do what Netflix did; however, Blockbuster ignored the cultural shift to digital media delivery… and went bankrupt. Unbelievably, the Borough of Juneau, in denial of reality, actually built a brand new $15-million third library…. which, like its existing libraries sits vacant except for homeless people using its public computers. Behold how long it is taking priint media, like Juneau Empire and Peninsula Clarion, to give up the ghost… pathetic. Meanwhile little people start websites or Facebook pages which become primary news sources for thousands of subscribers. Traditional news organizations failing to transition watch haplessly on the sidelines as the upstarts take over. Free-market competition; how sweet it is, how sweet it is…. how sweet it is.

  4. Among things fading with the advent of the internet are: shopping malls, night clubs, libraries, office buildings, retail stores, movie theaters, and print media; basically anything otherwise obtained on the internet. Those in denial of the trend suffer consequences; for exaple, Blockbuster was in position to do what Netflix did; however, Blockbuster ignored the cultural shift to digital media delivery… and went bankrupt. Unbelievably, the Borough of Juneau, in denial of reality, actually built a brand new $15-million third library…. which, like its existing libraries sits vacant except for homeless people using its public computers. Behold how long it is taking priint media, like Juneau Empire and Peninsula Clarion, to give up the ghost… pathetic. Meanwhile little people start websites or Facebook pages which become primary news sources for thousands of subscribers. Traditional news organizations failing to transition watch haplessly on the sidelines as the upstarts take over. Free-market competition; how sweet it is, how sweet it is…. how sweet it is.

  5. Just a further way to control the masses, dictated by companies outside of Alaska. It is a shame to lose printed script, since not everyone has a computer or access to the internet. I guess if you do not live in a major city or hub, you don’t count. If we can subsidize illegal aliens with cell phones and monthly payments to cards, we should be able to subsidize small newspapers in all small communities across the Nation.

    • Before print media, there were town criers. At appointed times, the criers read the news to crowds in the public squares. Those unable to read were able to hear the news. Later, as print media developed the town criers faded away. Those who could not read had to learn–or be left out. A similar thing is occurring today; those unable to tap the internet will be left out.

  6. Now, the Clarion’s “writers” won’t have to sit at their computers as much downloading left-wing stories off the internet. What a waste of trees!

  7. Didn’t have to be this way. Do good reporting on issues of interest to the community.
    But that became too much to ask.

  8. It is a shame that local newspapers, and now the radio stations, have all fallen to left wing media groups from the lower 48. They all preach the same nonsense you can get on CNN so why bother. Let these publications die and fade into obscurity.

    • It really doesn’t matter so much. Print and radio are fading as they are replaced by the internet. The traditional media establishment has lost control to those who control the internet.

  9. Bottom line – get outdoors and live this life.

    We don’t have to be the news or read the news.

    History gets it wrong and then eventually the new version of archaeologists will dig us up and report their findings.

    New cultural artisans will revive and deplete the meaning of original intention.

    More vultures will take advantage of culture.

    It is the basis of evolution.

    We are mammals.

    In the grand scheme of things we are not that important.

    So enjoy the day.

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