Times are moving on, as the latest newspaper in the Tri-Cities – and it does qualify as a newspaper, as a print edition is available – is underway primarily as a (daily) on-line publication. Its editor and publisher, Ken Harvey, argues that “We don’t ever anticipate becoming daily in print because we believe technology will soon do away with most printed publications.”
The local blog McCranium wonders, reasonably, if that doesn’t make it mainly a blog with a newspaper attached. And it makes the point that this newspaper arrives with a clear ideological pitch, which it does.
The Tri-City Citizen describes itself as “a locally owned weekly printed (40,000 copies per edition) and daily online newspaper reflecting a ‘progressively-conservative and family oriented’ perspective on our local community.” More simply, and put in the current usual usage, it’s a conservative paper (a quick look through home page headlines should make the point). The Herald is semi-centrist in its editorial stances, probably to the right of most fellow McClatchy papers, but well to the left of where it was when locally owned years ago, and probably left as well of many Tri-Citians.
The Citizen is also an outgrowth of the recent Tri-City Republic paper: “Many of the Citizen’s staff members had tried to provide such an alternative as members of the Tri-Cities Republic staff. Harvey says that, when it became clear the Republic lacked the financial support and business acumen needed to effectively compete with the Herald, most of the staff resigned and formed the team that has launched the new Tri-City Citizen. The Republic has since announced that it is ceasing publication.”
We’re skeptical of the business model, having seen so many other web efforts fail to pencil out. But we’ll keep a watch.Share on Facebook