Big city newspapers ending; local still strong

Published 3:42 pm Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Newspaper readers in Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile have a short window of opportunity to hold those papers in their hands.
The Alabama Media Group, owners of those papers, says that after Feb. 26, 2023, one last Sunday, it will permanently stop the presses for The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times and Mobile’s Press-Register. The company had already curtailed publishing from daily to three times a week in 2012 — part of a restructuring by parent company Advance Publications that also affected New Orleans’ The Times-Picayune.
Even with the progression of web-based media, community newspapers, such as The Brewton Standard, are still committed to a printed version for those who prefer to get their news the “old -fashioned” way.
Robert Blankenship, publisher for The Brewton Standard and other regional newspapers, said that providing a variety of opportunities for news is still key for a local, community newspaper.
“For those of us who grew up reading print versions of newspapers, it can be disappointing to see them discontinued,” Blankenship said. “With that said, it is not surprising as more of us grow accustomed to reading our news online. While The Brewton Standard remains committed to our printed products, we are just as committed to providing our readers and advertising clients everything the digital landscape has to offer. With brewtonstandard.com and our eEdition we can accommodate those who prefer digital delivery while also providing our print edition to those who still prefer to hold the newspaper in their own hands. For advertisers, the sky’s the limit. Our print product is still here to meet your hyper-local messaging needs while our digital advertising solutions are perfect for a more targeted and proactive marketing approach.”
The Brewton Standard has been a source for community news and events since 1906 and will continue to provide coverage of events and people of the community.
“We will continue to provide printed editions filled with events that happen in our community,” said Lisa Tindell, editor of The Brewton Standard. “Although the web-based approach to news is growing, I love that we are the only place to find honor rolls, obituaries and school play photos that can be cut out for refrigerators and scrapbooks. It’s all about community and that’s who we are.”