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Do you subscribe to your local newspaper?

22 days ago

I’ve subscribed to The Philadelphia Inquirer since I was in my early 20’s. I always loved sitting over coffee in the morning, reading the paper. At one point I changed my subscription to Sunday only delivery and read it online the rest of the week. I realized I was barely reading the Sunday paper and changed to all digital..

Now I find little of interest in it. I can get national news from the NYT. Local news seems to be mostly about shootings in the city. I’m not a serious sports fan. The only thing I read with regularity is the obituaries!

The price just went up to over $8 a week and I am questioning whether its worth it. Even the comics arent funny.

I used to appreciate the ads for department store sales and grocery store flyers but I get that elsewhere. I got several jobs through Help Wanted ads. I even remember when they were separated by gender!!

I would feel bad about unsubscribing after all these years. Do you read your local paper with regularity?

I can get suburban news free online. I do miss having newsprint around for packing!

Comments (52)

  • 22 days ago

    Not in decades! When DS was around 10 he had a paper route and he worked really hard at it. He gained a lot of subscribers. People tipped him well for his excellent service. Overnight they fired all the kids and gave their routes to adults delivering in vehicles. The adults who would just drop the paper at the foot of the driveway much less porch them or leave them where requested like DS did. So we stopped our subscription and would just pick up a paper at the news stand in the local drugstore now and then. Shortly after the paper changed to more editorial than news, even on the front page. So we stopped that and only bought the Sunday edition for the ads from a sweet lady who sold them in front of a small strip mall. Now it's all online. No way will I pay for online access. It's all redundant anyway. So I get my news elsewhere without pay walls.

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  • 22 days ago

    We get a town paper but it’s free. It gets delivered to our mailbox.

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  • 22 days ago
    last modified: 22 days ago

    Another digital Inquirer subscriber here. I also subscribe to my County newspaper here in NJ, the local paper in PA where our other place is, and the NYT. It does irk me sometimes that the Inquirer is $28.00 a month while the NYT is only $4.00 (and that's for the complete digital paper, games and cooking) and my AmEx card reimburses me the 4 bucks - so it's free.

    Inga Saffron is a real treasure and her columns are insightful and honest. I seldom read the Inquirer page by page, instead I go straight to my favorite topics: Real Estate, Opinion, Business, Entertainment and I do appreciate the News Alerts that are sent to my inbox.

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  • 22 days ago

    Not in a long time. I can get all the news that I want to read from the local television websites. By the time the paper comes, it isn't news anymore.

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  • 22 days ago
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    No, when I did subcribe they would miss delivering quite a bit and it got annoying. Not only that, but I live in a very far right leaning little town. There's rarely an opposing point of view and with all the religious ads and articles there isn't much to read. I did buy one last week because I was hoping there would be the usual information on each of the people running for office but there was next to nothing about the primary. I had to google each of those running and some people had almost no info online about their point of view on various issues.

    Occasionally I'll see an article I want to read online in the Lexington Herald but can't because I don't have a subscription. I may look into it.

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  • 22 days ago
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    I quit, when I lived in a much smaller town, and it was so bad the townseople called it the Daily News Urinal (Journal was its real name). I just kept looking at other sources of news digitally, and still do. I tend to watch the local news on television in the morning while I'm doing all my electronic chores such as checking email, looking at all my financial accounts, etc.

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  • 22 days ago

    No. For decades we got a daily paper from the city. Then we cut it to three a week, then just Sundays, and now none. First time in my life but I had already seen the news before the paper arrived.

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  • 22 days ago

    I subscribed to the Chicago Tribune for years - felt like a normal part of life because my parents did. They also subscribed to the Chicago Daily News back in the day - Trib came before dawn and Daily News came in the afternoon - that's how 'breaking news' was covered then. Went to Sundays only when my boys were little and had that till we moved to NC even though it was nothing like it had been back in the day. Here? Initially subscribed to one of the local papers (which just had their last run) but it was nothing more than a mouthpiece for the editor and I didn't care for his mouth. The other local paper is still going but it's nothing original other than local school sports which I can do without. I miss good local reporting.

    We have dear friends in IL who went to Storm Lake, IA to visit the Storm Lake Times and meet with the editor - just to support his efforts.

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  • 22 days ago

    I read the Boston Globe online every day. I am an earliy riser so it works great for me. I also read the local city's newspaper but that is a quick read with very little worth reading in it.

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  • 22 days ago

    For over 50 years we were subscribers. Then the Tampa Tribune merged with the St. Petersburg Times becoming the Tampa Bay Times. Still a quality newspaper for awhile.


    PolitiFact started with the St. Pete Times.


    A couple years ago delivery of the paper dropped to Wednesdays and Sundays only. We were spending time at our cabin, so we stopped home delivery. I did have withdrawal for a short time, missed the paper with my first cup of coffee. We’re ok now without it.


    Sometimes DH will pick up a paper if he goes out on Sunday mornings for bagels. He bought one home this past Sunday. There were no articles in it that I had not already seen online. Most Everything of interest are AP articles, published everywhere.


    Except for the book editor’s articles. I miss some of her articles. She’s good, plus she attended grade school with one of my brothers.




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  • 22 days ago

    No, they quit printing a paper.

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  • 22 days ago

    Ded, I saw that obit! Wish I had known her! I get the Inquirer every day, I read it cover to cover (except a lot of sports), and I love it. If I didn't support the paper, if we all don't support the local papers, we'd soon find it all disappearing. No, I'm a paper person, I am proud to say, dead trees and all.

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  • 22 days ago

    Yes, we do & have since we moved to this city @ 12 years ago. I feel strongly about supporting local print news sources. I live in SW WA & all of our local TV news on the NBC/ABC/CBS comes from OR so that’s all the local news we hear about - unless there’s a tragic / bad etc news story in SW WA then of course it receives coverage on the OR stations. The local ”Columbian” is my only easy source for local political & news events . Our paper is locally owned since 1890 & by the same family. It used to be daily now is printed 5 days weekly with Sat/Sun editions combined & no print on Monday but there is a digital Monday edition. When I first subscribed it was delivered by contract carriers very early each morning. It is now delivered via US Mail so I don’t get it until I make the trek to neighborhood mail boxes - my mail delivered @ 11 a.m. or so. Cost keeps increasing & current rate is $60 monthly. Being a subscriber gives me free access to digital edition. Subscribing to digital only is an option but I like holding the paper same as I don’t like ereaders instead of books. And, all my books come from local library! My tax $’s at work there. 😉

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  • 22 days ago

    About 5 years ago our local newspaper the "Richmond Times Dispatch" raised our rate to a nutzi $80/month so we canceled it. About a month later they mailed us a special deal where we could get all 7 days/week for just $10/month. That offer was cheaper than what we were paying for just 4 days a week delivery....so naturally I took them up on that offer and to my surprise they have held that $10/month offer ever since. VgQn reads it ( I scan it) and she clips out any good coupons which generally covers the cost of the paper. What excess paper that we don't use (it's good for lining outdoor shelves for melon storage, eating melons for table lining, etc) we put in the recycle bin.

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  • 22 days ago

    We still subscribe even though the paper is a shell of what it once was. I don't read it anymore, but my husband does. He also still reads hard cover books borrowed from the library.

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  • 22 days ago

    The Los Angeles Times is a shadow of what it once was. I subscribe to support my home town paper, but there's hardly anything there any more.

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  • 22 days ago

    We've had a subscription for decades and still do but I find the paper has gone downhill and I often read only the online version. Dh will read the paper copy faithfully. Its gone from 7 days a week to 4, and paper carriers no longer deliver it - our mail carrier leaves it with our mail!

    DH is a paper reader and I don't see that changing. He reads not only our local paper on the days that's delivered, but the Seattle and Tacoma papers every single day. Front to back. At least he's good about taking them out to the recycle container and doesn't leave stacks of them for me to deal with.

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  • 22 days ago

    We get the print and online editions of the Seattle Times and NYT online only. We used to get our small-town paper but let that go some years ago although I miss the fun of the police blotter.

  • 22 days ago

    Absolutely. Small town papers are where we find out who died, what's goign on with the kids at the high school, whose in jail. Sadly ours closed down two months ago. We are blessed another started up. I received the paper copy but did read it mostly on line. It's important to support financially when you think something is vital to a healthy community.

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  • 22 days ago

    No though we do somehow have free online access and I usually scan the headlines in the morning. The quality of the journalism has become so poor, and the paper is so biased, that I would never pay for it. This is a major metro paper - not a small town paper. We have a digital subscription to the WSJ, where journalism quality has also deteriorated but it's much better than the local paper. News is more about entertainment these days rather than high quality, unbiased reporting.

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  • 22 days ago
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    Well ded - what a hoot! That will teach me to start checking the obits. I only read them when they garner an entire article. My Inquirer rate will certainly increase when my current subscription expires but I won't cancel though. I like knowing what's going on in Philly.

    DD still lives and works in town and we go in every now and then for dinner or a show. We had Sunday brunch on the Moshulu last weekend with the family and then took a drive past some of our old neighborhoods.

    I can't get over all of those new apartment buildings, every odd, little vacant lot in DD's neighborhood has a new residential unit on it.

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  • 22 days ago

    I don't live in PA but subscribe to the Phil. Inquirer online so that I can read Will Bunch's columns. I subscribe to the local newspaper, both print and online. NYTimes and WaPo online. A few inexpensive online papers as well, to support local journalism.


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  • 22 days ago
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    We still get the Washington Post every day. I read it every morning as I have my tea. Lovely, quiet start to the day-well not all is lovely, but that is the news these days. I do think all papers have gone downhill. The Post is a good example of that. We need Katherine Graham back.

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  • 22 days ago

    While I recognize the importance of local papers, we ceased delivery of The Daily Progress a good while back. It is no longer delivered daily but sent via USPS 3 days per week. I do occasionally consult the local obituaries online and we have an excellent friend who writes for this paper and sometimes gets picked up by NPR and some other services. I want to support his work but the bang for the buck doesn’t validate it.

    There is also a free local weekly tabloid that mostly covers entertainment and advertising but sometimes does great muckraking ( including coverage of August 11 in Charlottesville)

    I do love not having piles of papers lying around.

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  • 22 days ago

    We subscribe to the local weekly small town paper, which is local coverage only. It is a little expensive for what it is, but I don’t mind supporting them.

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  • 22 days ago

    I'm reminded of an old cartoon with two guys walking by a newstand and one says to the other, "I don't get it...yesterday's news and hard copy".


    I still miss the morning paper but only subscribe online now to a couple of papers. Fine but not as satisfying as sitting with the paper over a cup of coffee. I'm offically a geezer.

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  • 22 days ago

    We get a weekly local, local paper (suburb) and subscribe to the Houston Chronicle and the adjacent city and get daily delivery of both. We also have digital subscriptions to the Houston Chronicle, New York Times and Washington Post. We had the LA Times -- think we picked it up during or a bit before the start of the pandemic, but we found we weren't reading it and dropped it. I still feel like that's news lite. I worked in TV news and read 2 local large metro papers, the AP wire, the UPI wire, the WSJ, watched 3 or more newscasts twice a day on workdays and at least one a day when "off." I only read one major city paper and sometimes the WSJ on days off. The Sunday morning paper was something to savor -- comics, ads and all, and Wednesdays or Thursdays for the food section. I still become a news junkie and weather nerd during major events. I still think everyone should read at least one paper on a regular basis. Picking up headlines online is not the same.

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  • 22 days ago

    I mostly read newspapers online nowadays. I'd like to support local papers - and we have an excellent one - plus the Poynter Institute is here, but I just have little need for more newsprint. There are several weekly free local papers, some delivered free and ad-supported.

    I used to read the paper every morning too - now I read online and subscribe to newsletters that aggregate state and national news and listen to our local NPR station from USF.org. They also have state and local news reporting.

    According to my sources of news, local newspapers are disappearing all over, being replaced by national entities, or not at all, and people are being cut off from information about local things that matter, like coverage of civic issues.

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  • 22 days ago

    Yes. The local biweekly city paper merged publication two months ago with the next town over after both being separate for *many* years. It was a whopping $50/yr for both print and online access, now is $55/yr if I have that correct. The other small town in the county that has a local paper remains a separate publication.

    My mother takes her weekly county paper, $40/yr print & online. Also the "daily" city/county of the next big town over, outrageous $300/yr, print and online. It's "daily" in quotes because they produce only four print issues per week (I believe Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat/Sun), although there are Tue & Thu issues readable only online. The carrier for mom's town quit recently so print issues are postal-mailed, arriving one to two days late, about which mom complains. She refuses to look at it online, not even the non-print Tue & Thu issues.

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  • 22 days ago

    I want to, but our 'local' paper is abysmal. It's gone from bad to worse. It's now printed and the offices are in Tacoma. Tacoma is in a different county, maybe 30-40 miles away and culturally has NO relationship to Olympia, where I live. As I understand it, there is no longer any local reporters. I get better local news from one of the TV stations in Seattle, about 80 miles away! I think they have a local division in Olympia. It's the state capital, so it makes sense for there to be a presence here.

    We have a great volunteer run local FB page that follows police and fire scanners and reports on traffic as well as crime and some local non-crime events.

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  • 21 days ago

    Our newspaper declined alot during the pandemic and then after as well. Subscription prices went up, delivery very sporadic, employees hard to find and keep, etc. and no paper on Mondays. I continued to subscribe as others have said because I've known the paper since a child and always had a subscription as an adult.


    Beginning in March of this year (I think it was), the paper is being delivered via the post office to our mailboxes. Except, instead of reading the Sunday comics on Sunday, we now have them on Saturday! ha But since the mail comes between 10:30a and 11:30am, I just leave it on the desk to read the next day. That way, I still have my routine of reading the newspaper after breakfast, with my morning coffee. News a day late - oh well. Most of the news is old anyway, except for some local items and I like to keep up on the obituaries.


    Currently, the cost is $92 for three months.

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  • 21 days ago

    The local paper here is a semi-weekly free one, in print, and I do read it. When I was in Toronto, the 2 local papers were horrible (I wouldn't accept them even for free), and I was sort of sad, because I believe in the importance of local journalism. I subscribe to a national paper, and to the NYT and WaPo. I will subscribe to various local papers for short periods if I'm following a particular story of interest, then cancel later.

  • 21 days ago

    For years I subscribed to my local paper. When I realized I wasn't always getting around to reading it, I switched to the digital version. The cost kept creeping up. When it jumped by $10 to $30/month in April, I canceled and got no "please stay" from them. Via my local library I can read the digital version and access the archive. It takes a few extra clicks, but it's worth $30/month. I get all my national, world, sports news either online or on tv. The only value of my local paper is local news, mostly school board, food, and crime issues.

    I wish I could support my local paper, but I don't see how they can justify the cost of digital.

  • 21 days ago

    FWIW, a big problem is that newspapers have relied on advertising revenue and advertisers are turning away from print in favor of digital.

  • 21 days ago

    No, if you subscribe you can read it online but I haven’t.

  • 21 days ago

    I gave up my local county paper when they got bought out and there went any local news except sports. I can get stale national and internation news any day on the internet. Why pay more for it? I don't care who won the football game.

  • 21 days ago

    Bunny thanks for the reminder that I can read the newspapers via the library! Our newspaper is called the Olympian referred to themselves and by locals as the Daily O for years. Recently, it's called the Daily Zero instead of the letter O because it's so bad. After the last rate increase I canceled. They enticed me back for 30 days for 99 cents. I marked on my calendar when to cancel to avoid an auto renewal at the high price and after much rigamarole (they don't make it easy to cancel online), I canceled the day before the deadline. Then I saw I was charged for the next month at the full price. I called Customer Service and she told me several times that they don't do refunds. I explained that they cannot just charge me for another month when I canceled before the renewal date. I told her either they can refund my money or I will dispute the charges and get my money back. She said she'd forward it somewhere for review, but they don't do refunds. I noticed I could still access the online paper, since I'd paid for another month, but after about a week, I can no longer access it, so they did cancel it. I haven't seen a refund yet, but will call today to make that happen. I'll now check it at the library and see if there is ever anything worth reading.

  • 21 days ago

    I haven't subscribed to a newspaper for 20+ years and don't miss it at all. IMO, there isn't much in newspapers anymore that make them worth the cost. There are so many more interesting things to read, see and learn about than what's in a newspaper.

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  • 21 days ago

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  • 21 days ago

    I got the local paper for years, but it kept getting smaller and smaller and all of the columnists either retired or were fired. The news was from national sources, not local.


    I subscribed to Newsweek for many years. My parents subscribed while I was growing up and it was my connection to them and continuity while living in several different states.

    I was sad when it became so thin and useless, I stopped reading it and let my subscription lapse.


    I get most of my local news from the radio. We usually watch local news while eating dinner, but its really horrible, very much the same 3-4 stories recycled in various iterations.

    I subscripe to digital NY Times and Washington Post. I used to get a lot of news from Twitter and lots of diffent viewpoints and opions but it is now useless.

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  • 21 days ago

    " I used to get a lot of news from Twitter and lots of diffent viewpoints and opions but it is now useless. "

    I would recommend you follow the journalists you like and respect on Twitter, and they will often post about news and with links to other sources. I sometimes get interesting "leads" on news stories from around the world by following journalists and historians on Twitter. I would never go to Twitter to read about a subject (or generally look for news info), but I definitely go to Twitter to see what specific people are posting about.

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  • 20 days ago
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    No. Actually my little city does not have a newspaper, although I could subscribe to one from two larger cities very near me, but we don't.

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    When we first moved here there was an am and pm paper. I took both. That was 1976. Then they combined to just an am paper. I kept it. I read every morning. It was bought by an out of state owner. They bought all of the papers in Alabama. They went to 4 days a week and it was a travesty of just junk. Then they stopped them all.

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  • 20 days ago

    I still prefer reading a printed paper (and doing the puzzles manually) but when the city paper went to $65/month (and they dropped Saturday delivery) I switched to all digital for $10/month. I can access a full replica of the printed edition, which has more stories than the digital version.

    When Gannett bought the paper a couple of years ago, they decimated the local newsroom staff, took on a cohort of inexperienced (volunteer, student or intern) reporters (who often seem to need a remedial English course), moved "editing" (which now appears to be minimal to non-existent) to Gannett headquarters, moved the printing to out of state (resulting in no coverage of late news and late deliveries) etc etc. . I think that there are fewer stories from around the state as well. They now seem to believe that the primary reason that people subscribe is for local sports.

    Half of the pages in the paper are half sheet ads. "Online extras" are just USA Today repeats. However, It still has very good local and state political coverage, and they aren't shy about printing negative stories about decisions and politicians of either party, when appropriate.

    I do miss the old Sunday edition - so much interesting content - travel, home, garden, and environment, business news, books, art, a variety of columnists & commentary. I could spend 3-4 hours reading it front to back (only skimming the sports section if I looked at it at all, though).

    Now I have the NYT digital, the Columbus Dispatch still, and USA today (because it was only $1 more per month to add on to the Dispatch)


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  • 20 days ago

    I have a lifetime subscription ... was editor of the paper for over 20 years

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  • 20 days ago

    My husband would buy the Chicago Tribune every day but I only read the Tempo section. Loved the crossword puzzle and sudoko puzzle. When we split up he would save the puzzles and mail them to me. Sadly he bought the paper the day he collapsed at work. Found the puzzles in his truck. I have them tucked away with his paperwork. He Loved reading the paper and thought of me for the puzzles.

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  • 20 days ago
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    Kevin has an online subscription to The Desert Sun (Palm Springs & Coachella Valley new), but I cannot view it. However, the subscription only costs $1 for six months, and so I will probably subscribe as well.

    I found out that it will be $15 a month after the first six months, and so I will delay subscribing.

  • 18 days ago

    We do subscribe to the all digital acess to our hometown paper. The name says ”daily” but it is not published on Mondays. That’s a continual source of confusion for newcomers (and rightly so).


    We have all digital access to The New York Times and Washington Post, The New Yorker and The Atlantic. DH subscribes to Tennis Magazine and Smithsonian. And we get the glossy print, member produced community magazine delivered monthly to our birdbox 😎


    One of the best things about living here is that residents volunteer to attend all the government meetings (city council, county commission, zoning, downtown development, etc) and they write up their notes which are emailed to the rest of us. I have never been so well informed about my own community, at least not since I was a newspaper reporter in the early 80’s attending those meetings myself.