Central Valley Business Times
The Madera Tribune, the only daily newspaper in the California county adjacent to booming Fresno, will no longer be a daily as of Wednesday.
The decision seems part and parcel of melancholy times for local mainstream media: it will move to a twice-weekly schedule, publishing each Wednesday and Sunday instead of five days a week.
“That change is due to tough economic circumstances, which nearly all newspapers seem to face these days,” Charles Doud, the editor and principal owner, told readers last week.
“Other small dailies in the San Joaquin Valley have cut back on publication frequency — some to become weekly, and some to become twice weekly. Examples of these are the Turlock Journal, the Hollister Freelance and the Gilroy Dispatch.”
He was also rather candid about one source of his changing circumstances:
“In the long run, California’s English language newspapers are going to continue to have a hard time because so much of the population is not conversant or literate in English.”
According to Doug Caldwell, the editor-publisher of the Central Valley Business Times, the paper sits in “both a bedroom community to Fresno and a pass-through for those heading to Yosemite [National Park].”
Madera County, for example, has the only children’s hospital between Los Angeles and the Bay Area/Sacramento, he noted by email. Read more