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PAGASA: Bagyong Ineng Set To Exit PAR, Signal No. 2 Remains Over Batanes & Babuyan

Bagyong Ineng Set To Exit PAR, Signal No. 2 Remains Over Batanes & Babuyan, PAGASA Says The state weather bureau PAGASA said that Bagyong Ineng is set to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility but Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands remains under signal no.2. On Saturday (August 24, 2019), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and […]

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Their operations paid at least lip-service to the idea that newspapers had a civic and community role, beyond their sheer economic existence.The modern trend in small-paper ownership is their takeover by private-equity firms, of which Alden Global Capital, its subsidiary MediaNews Group (formerly known as Digital First Media), and GateHouse are the best-known examples. For these institutions, newspapers are a financial asset like any other—like a tract of commercial real estate, like a steel mill or a suburban mall. The profit-maximizing model they have applied to countless small papers has been: slashing costs, mainly by laying off reporters and editors, so as to boost short-term profit rates; continuing the cutbacks, so as to maintain profit margins, even as a thinner paper attracted fewer readers and ads; and when there was nothing left to cut, declaring bankruptcy or closing the paper, which had in strictly financial terms reached the end of its useful life.The Banner, in its GateHouse years, has gone through a version of this cycle. (For the record: I have called and sent messages to relevant GateHouse officials, and will report back if I hear from them.) At the time of its sale, it had a staff of about 20. 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This month he and his wife, Teresa Parker, published the first print edition of a new, weekly, print newspaper, The Provincetown Independent, aimed at readers, advertisers, and citizens in the towns of outer Cape Cod. This month’s paper was a preview, and regular weekly print publication will begin in early October. In the meantime, new stories are being posted online.Hang gliders over the Cape Cod National Seashore (Courtesy of Edward Miller).The territory the Independent is covering is more diverse than the vacation-time imagery of Cape Cod might suggest. The communities in its market—Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, and Eastham—have median incomes at about the national-average level (or in the case of Provincetown, significantly below it). Some of the residents have vacation homes there; some are service-workers, small merchants and business people, or part of the working fisheries. Provincetown has long been an LGBT haven; the outer Cape has well-established arts, scientific, marine-science, and tourism-oriented institutions.“This is an interesting community,” Miller told me. “There are lot of engaged people here, there is money here, this is a place that ought to be able to support a perfectly successful, profitable newspaper.” As they observed the shrinkage at the Banner, which recently laid off its last local reporter, Miller and his colleagues began thinking about a new venture they might launch.The approach they decided on—which you can read about on the Independent’sown site, or by Allison Hagan in The Boston Globe and Sarah Mizes-Tan for the local public radio station WCAI—was a mix of normal for-profit business structure, and non-profit adjunct.The business plan is based on a four-year hoped-for course to profitability, at which point the paper would have total paid circulation of 6,000 per week, and 19 full-time staffers. So far Miller and Parker have raised a little more than half of the business capital they are looking for. The non-profit operation has raised three times as much as its original target. This money will be used for special projects—training young journalists, supporting investigative efforts, long-term projects on “themes that are important to the community, like how young families will manage to live here,” Miller told me.August Carnival parade in Provincetown (Courtesy of Marcia Geier)For all the ceaseless technological and business change in the news business, Miller said, “The basics of the business are that people love local newspapers. If you can provide something they want, especially information they can’t get anyplace else, they will be loyal to you.”The weekly publication schedule of the Independent, like the every-other-week schedule of The Quoddy Tides in Maine, helps the paper resist any temptation to cover breaking national or world news, for which readers have a million faster, better sources. Instead it can cover local developments—taxes, schools, zoning, real estate, religion, business ups and downs—that simply won’t be covered anywhere else.“People are saying we need to come up with a new business model” for small newspapers, Miller told me. “Actually, the old business model for a local newspaper that really does its job, can actually work pretty well.” He said that he canvassed owners of similar-scale papers around the country, and found that a normal profit rate was about 8 percent of revenue. For a private-equity fund, that’s nothing. “But if you’re running a normal local business, 8 percent is pretty good.” Miller said that one local-paper owner told him, “If I’m making more than 8 percent, I know it’s time to reinvest in the business—hire more people, give them raises, upgrade our equipment.”Cape Cod in the summertime (Courtesy of Elspeth Hay)One of the Independent’s advisors and business backers is Louis Black, who in the 1980s in Austin co-founded and edited the successful and influential alt-weekly The Austin Chronicle and then was a co-founder of mega-successful SXSW. I spoke with him by phone today to ask why he’d become involved.“When we started the Chronicle, we didn’t know what we were doing,” he said. “It took a decade to get up to speed. Eventually we realized a paper like that creates the community. It pulls it together, then sends it out.” Black said that despite the travails of print media, this was the role that he hoped papers like the Independent could fulfill.Louis Black speaks during the 36th Annual Austin Music Awards (Gary Miller / Getty)“It’s not just about conveying information,” he said. “People have new ways to do that quickly. It’s about provide a cultural and intellectual center—and not only for like-minded people. It’s for people who want to engage in debate, and have principled debate. A strong local paper can do that. It’s not just about the words or information. It’s the spirit.”Black met Ed Miller and Teresa Parker because Black had a neighboring house in Cape Cod. He learned that he and Miller were both from Teaneck, New Jersey, and both had spent their careers starting publications—Black’s with more financial success. Eventually Black decided to put time and money into the new Independent venture.Did he think that it realistically had a chance? Black laughed, chuckled out some version of “Who knows?” and then said: “Because Cape Cod is what it is, and because Ed is who he is, I think they have a shot.”Like Miller, and like me, Black is from the dreaded and aging Baby Boom generation. “We’re too old to do this,” Black told Miller, as they considered the years-long, dicey effort of starting a new publication. “But the young people don’t know how, and we have to show them. People need to see that it can be done.”“I want to hang the sword up,” Black told me. “But we can’t. We’re living in a world where if we believe, we have to engage. And it matters.”More from this series
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