It’s 11:00 a.m. Sunday and I still haven’t received my newspaper. The people at the Mobile Press-Register say that they have taken over printing for several other newspapers in order to make more money. Ever since they have started printing for others, our Sunday papers have been late.
As is true of so many papers, the P-R has seen dramatic declines in readership and advertising dollars. As one of its few remaining readers, I feel as though they are doing everything possible to alienate me. In the past few years, they have dramatically cut the number of stories and the stories that remain are often from outside the local area. At the same time, they doubled the price of the paper from 50 cents daily to $1. (The person who came up with the “give ’em less and charge ’em more strategy” no longer works for the paper).
I love to read, but these people are making it very, very difficult to stick with the P-R. Is the P-R the worst newspaper in America? As a country gentleman once said to me, “I might not say that. But if you said it, I wouldn’t argue with you.”