CFN – One of the questions I get asked when chatted up in Cornwall the most is whether I think the Cornwall Standard Freeholder will survive? The venerable old newspaper has endured changes in a changing media world. It’s parent company, Sun News, owned by media giant Quebecor, has chopped hundreds of jobs over the last few years and folded several newspapers as the public clearly shifts to print.
One media poobah who I won’t ID stated:
All papers will be 100% online soon enough. Many of the dinosaurs will go extinct in the process.
Is the Freeholder a dinosaur? One of the problems that all media face in tough economic times and reduced ad dollars is staff cuts which lead to challenges in outputting content which the public hungrily gobbles up.
The Freeholder currently picks up a lot of material from the Ottawa Sun and many feel that at a certain point as ad dollars shrink past the point of overhead that it will make more sense to add some extra Cornwall content to the Sun since people are reading its content in the Free Holder anyway?
I for one would be sad to see the Freeholder go. While I wish they’d be better and kinder competitors what the Standard Freeholder represents is very important to the history and culture of this city as do many of the venerable papers that have fallen.
As this Sun News poobah shared with me in that conversation in reference to CFN;
Keep the faith. You are on the right track.
At the end of the day the public and advertisers will decide if the Freeholder or any of we media will survive.
What do you think dear viewers of CFN? You can post your comments below.