ROCKINGHAM — News rack prices are going up, but subscribers shouldn’t feel a difference in their wallets.
The Richmond County Daily Journal, along with other Champion Media newspapers, increased weekly single-copy sales to $1 this week.
Circulation Manager Amanda Williamson was out Monday changing face plates and resetting the mechanisms on newspaper boxes around the county.
“It’s no secret the newspaper industry has experienced some challenges over the past few years,” said General Manager David Spencer. “The Daily Journal is not exempt from those.
“We carefully examine our business model looking for ways to save money and cut cost without sacrificing the quality of the paper,” he continued. “With every tough decision, we consider how our actions will affect our readers and the community we serve. It’s our desire to have the paper around for a long time.”
With the increased costs in production — including ink and newsprint — Spencer said the decision was made increase the price of single copies, doubling from 50 cents to $1, for Tuesday through Friday editions. The Weekend edition will remain $1.50.
The good news, he added, is that there is no increase for subscribers.
“This gives readers a greater incentive to subscribe,” he said. “They are truly the lifeline of our paper.”