Monday, April 22, 2013
The End Of The Canadian Jewish News
With great sadness, I have to announce that The Canadian Jewish News will cease publishing its printed newspaper with its June 20 edition.
I never dreamed that I would be writing this. No nightmare of mine envisioned it.
For some time, we have known of the ravages that printed newspapers and magazines have been experiencing across the world. The digital age, in which news and commentary are retrieved instantly on smartphones, on computers and on all kinds of new devices, has overtaken the printed word. For the most part, the attractions of printed paper are welcome experiences only for an older generation and appear to be destined to be things of the past. Added to this that much of the world believes that news and commentary should be free.
Newspapers depend for their existence on advertising. It is their lifeblood. Growing numbers of advertisers are no longer convinced that they will get responses to what they pay for in printed publications. Add to that the economic situation in effect over the past few years has left little monies for advertising.
While we were alert to what was happening around us, we hoped that The CJN, with its “niche” attraction, would not be like others, and that our print edition would survive and flourish. We made substantial operating changes, which we thought would assist. After careful analysis, we have concluded that they do not.
I feel worse when one of these niche/community papers goes down than when its something closer to the MSM. Apparently, the CJN may try to go forward as a digital news service.