Share your thoughts on the state newspaper industry

BISMARCK–Tomorrow, I will attend my first board meeting of the North Dakota Newspaper Association. And I want to hear from you.

As I said when I announced that I was joining the board, it’s important to me to serve as not only a new media representative but also as a public representative. I was pleased to get some good ideas from readers and am looking for more. How can North Dakota’s newspaper industry improve?

One item on our agenda is to discuss mail delivery. Tell me: If the postal service ends Saturday mail delivery, how much would it bother you to get your newspaper late? Would you cancel your subscription as a result?

Here is some background the newspaper association put together:

“Newspapers in North Dakota are inviting users of the U.S. Postal Service to sign petitions asking the postal service and the state’s congressional delegation to re-examine plans to diminish postal service in the state. “Deliver the Mail! North Dakotans for Timely Mail Delivery” has been established to allow people to let postal officials and elected representatives know timely delivery of the mail is economically important.      

“Under plans recently delayed until May 2012, USPS had designated more than 75 North Dakota post offices for closure and the closing of mail processing centers in Devils Lake, Jamestown, Minot and Grand Forks. The postal service also wants to eliminate Saturday mail delivery.”

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One thought on “Share your thoughts on the state newspaper industry

  1. As a rural North Dakota resident, I already don’t subscribe (even though I avidly read newspapers) because I don’t want to wait until after work Tuesday to read the news from Monday.

    In my limited opinion, I’d suggest newspapers further their online efforts. I know older, long-time subscribers aren’t ready for that, but younger ones (especially ones with smartphones) certainly are.

    Some small newspapers aren’t online at all. Staffing is slim, so it’s understandable. But the future is paved with reading tablets and smartphones. Students can even purchase textbooks to read on Kindles.

    Forget the post office, and paper in general, for they will soon be obsolete. Instead, focus future efforts on a new generation of readers and shift to cyberspace.

    Also, I’m not a member of the press anymore, but I’d still advocate for more professional development opportunities.

    Thanks for letting me leave such a long comment :)

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