Stuff has announced it’s ditching 28 of its papers:
The full list of titles being closed is:
Avenues, Waikato Farmer, Admire Marlborough, NZ Dairy Farmer, Discover Magazine, Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook, Admire Nelson, Hastings Mail, Christchurch Mail, Napier Mail, The Tribune, Kaikoura Star, Invercargill Eye, Auto Xtra, South Canterbury Herald, Clutha Leader, Waiheke Marketplace, NewsLink, Wairarapa News, Queenstown Mirror, NZ Farmer, Waitaki Herald, Canterbury Farmer, North Waikato News, Central District Farmer, Rotorua Review, Otago Southland Farmer, Ruapehu Press.
This is very tough for the people whose jobs are at risk.
There might be opportunities for someone to take over some of the titles but print media is not a growing business and rural media is a very crowded space.
We knew farming was in resurgence when the letterbox started filling up with give-aways.
We now get several free rural papers a week, sometimes three or more in a day.
If we don’t have time to read them when they come they often go out barely read or unread because at least another has come before we get back to them.