With businesses slowly restarting operations over the next few weeks, the Pleasanton Weekly will resume its weekly print edition next Friday, June 5, Weekly Publisher Gina Channell announced today.
The Weekly has published the news entirely online and in its daily Express email news digest since March 20 when businesses were ordered to close and residents were directed to stay at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were committed to reporting on the coronavirus crisis online, but could not afford the additional financial losses from printing and distributing the paper without any revenue to pay for it,” Channell said.
When the COVID-19 crisis struck, many readers stepped up to help the Weekly. Hundreds became subscribing members and others made one-time contributions.
“We are humbled by your support of the local journalism the Weekly provides the community,” Channell said.
Channell cautioned that the Pleasanton Weekly continues to need strong growth in reader support because of sharp advertising declines due to the struggles facing local businesses.
“Our future, and the future of all local news organizations, will depend on the ongoing subscription support of readers. Advertising can no longer sustain us. Whether the news comes to you on newsprint, in a daily email newsletter like Express or on our website, quality and dependable local journalism will not survive without many more readers subscribing at $5, $10 or more per month,” she said.