Thursday, December 1 2022

by Peter Weinberger | [email protected]

It’s been six years since the COURIER has raised subscription prices. Our philosophy has always been to try to keep our prices not only competitive, but low enough that almost anyone can afford to follow local news. Access to our website is also included in the price, which makes subscribing to COURIER a real bargain.

Even with our $10 per year increase starting Monday, February 7, the monthly subscription cost is only $78 per year, or $6.50 per month. Most community newspapers and websites charge between $12 and $20 per month for print and web subscriptions. The price for a two-year subscription will be $140 (a savings of $16), and yes, seniors still get a $5 discount. You can also pay $7 per month.

Keeping prices below market value is an important way for the COURIER to use our donation revenue to give back to the community. These prices are lower thanks to the generosity of our donors.

The price includes a robust website updated six days a week and loaded with Claremont news. Our Windstorm coverage, for example, was seen by more than 47,200 readers who were affected by the storm. Do you think this is valuable information?

Steven Felschundneff not only took photos, but wrote three stories from Saturday, each with important updates on recovery efforts. Yours truly spent the weekend taking photos and video while flying a drone over the hotspots. What I mean is that solid coverage of a major news event doesn’t just grow on trees (bad pun) because it takes a lot of time and effort to collect all those information. And it usually affects all staff members in one way or another.

That’s why any veteran in the publishing industry will say that journalism isn’t a 9-to-5 job. This week, there’s no break. After a weekend of reporting on the storm damage, COURIER staff were back in the newsroom to complete a special section printed on Tuesday, then prepare stories for our weekly newspaper which is produced on Thursday. From Thursday evening to Friday, we update the website. And let’s not forget our email newsletter and social media posts that follow.

We know that during weeks like this, timely local news releases are critical.

I’ve spent the last year describing the rising costs of our news coverage. This increase reflects those costs, especially as inflation takes a bigger chunk of our hard-earned dollars. But the good news is that you’ll see new initiatives in 2022, like our new small business directory and improved MLS real estate section that aim to help local businesses.

Through it all, the COURIER remains committed to producing a weekly newspaper, as well as a website and social media sites, focused on topical news. Proof of our efforts can be seen in today’s edition, which is actually two editions totaling 48 cover pages.

Once again, I wanted to thank you all for your incredible support. None of this could happen without our readers.

Storm cover

Whatever the reason such a major storm blew through Claremont, most agree the damage was so extensive it’s hard to remember a time when it was worse. As someone born in Claremont, I remember other major storms with high winds, just like last week’s event. But this storm was unique, with the highest wind gusts in Claremont reaching 57 mph, though northern residents may deem that number too low.

What made this windstorm different was the destruction of so many large older trees. This increase in damage, blocked roads and destroyed homes was so widespread that almost every neighborhood in the city was affected. While other towns including La Verne and Upland also sustained damage, Claremont appeared to be spot on.

Considering all of this, the good news is that there was no loss of life or even serious injury – which we should all appreciate considering the storm hit in the middle of the night. For anyone who still needs help with their cleanup efforts, the city has a huge task ahead of them, so progress is slow. By this time next week, I believe Claremont will no longer look like the town of [fallen] Trees.


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