Last week we dropped a bombshell on our loyal readers — The Chronicle, which has for nearly 130 years printed and distributed a newspaper to Lewis and South Thurston counties, will shut down its print facility at the Port of Centralia and contract out our printing to a press in Everett.
The reorganization represents a huge change for the company, and a painful one for many.
We’re committed to continuing to provide an affordable and accessible product, but the news isn’t free. Our staff are dedicated professionals who use their knowledge and expertise to bring you the high-quality news you rely on. Every time you pick up the paper, you’re looking at the work of reporters, editors, photographers, freelancers, designers, advertising reps, our hard-working front office staff, the administrative staff, press operators, drivers and more. It takes dozens of people working on tight deadlines to produce a paper, and we believe what we produce is valuable.
With our switch to Sound Publishing’s press in Everett, we will also be moving our press deadlines up.
The downside of moving up deadlines is some news that happens the evening before publication, such as certain sporting events, won’t make it in the next day’s paper. It’s a bit of a trade-off, unfortunately. Printing and mailing a newspaper takes time — either we move our deadlines up, or the paper has to come out later.
However, breaking news and sports content will be posted as soon as possible to our website, chronline.com, which is free with all print subscriptions. We think it’s a win-win. You’ll get your paper on time, and will have access to even more information and pictures on our website.
You may also see less national or regional news in the paper. What we do best is provide top-quality local news, written and produced by our own staff, and that’s where we will focus the majority of our energy going forward.
And most importantly, we’re not going anywhere.
The Chronicle is one of three newspapers (along with the Nisqually Valley News in Yelm and The Reflector in Battle Ground) owned by Lafromboise Communications, Inc.
Our owner, Jenifer Lafromboise Falcon, inherited the company from her mother. She hopes to pass it on to her own children.
I hope this helps you understand our recent changes aren’t a short-term strategy. They’re intended to keep The Chronicle on Pearl Street, pumping out stories on city and county government, crime, schools, sports teams and more for the foreseeable future, just like we have for the past 130 years.