Closures, mergers, and downsizing continue in the beleaguered media industry. This week has already seen the layoff of an entire third of the unionized staff at the Plain Dealer in Cleveland.
Now, that reality has hit closer to home.
On Monday, an announcement appeared on the website of The Sunbury News alerting readers that the March 30 newspaper was the final print edition that would be produced. Further, the announcement shared that Sunbury news would now appear in The Delaware Gazette, both in print and online.
Both The Sunbury News and The Delaware Gazette are owned by AIM Media Midwest. This announcement follows last week’s closure of the print version of The Bellville Star in Bellville, another AIM Media Midwest publication. As with Sunbury, Bellville news will now appear in a different newspaper – in that case, the Galion Inqurier.
This news also follows The Delaware Gazette’s recent elimination of a Monday print edition.
The first newspaper in Sunbury was called The Enterprise, and was started in 1873. The Sunbury News arrived about 1889, and initially had a subscription cost of $1.00 per year.