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Local newspapers need community and business support

Release Date: 15/04/2020
The Hunter Business Chamber has urged businesses and members of the community who value quality journalism to consider taking out a subscription to help save local newspapers.
The Chamber was responding to an announcement that Australian Community Media will cease printing many local mastheads until at least the end of June, following a sharp drop in revenue caused in part by the coronavirus crisis.
Hunter newspapers that will close include the Cessnock Advertiser, Dungog Chronicle, Muswellbrook Chronicle, Scone Advocate, Gloucester Advocate, Lakes Mail, Singleton Argus, Hunter Valley News and Newcastle Star. The papers will continue to have a website, but with shared regional content.
“Newspapers are the lifeblood of our local communities and do much to support business through editorial coverage, advertising opportunities and partnerships,” Chamber CEO Bob Hawes said.
“We have seen our community generously supporting their local coffee shops and restaurants through this crisis by continuing to patronise them as takeaway customers and I would urge people to extend that same support to their local newspaper by taking out a subscription.
“Newspapers are businesses too and if people want local journalism to survive, we need to be prepared to pay for the product. In many cases, a weekly subscription costs less than a cup of coffee.
“Trusted journalism has never been more important than it is now, in a time of global crisis, and we need local papers to be highlighting the needs, priorities and good news in their communities by telling local stories.”

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