Some Area Newspapers Struggle Through Economy

Debbie Aylesworth, Publisher for The Canyon News
Debbie Aylesworth, Publisher for The Canyon News

From the Rocky Mountain News and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer shutting down, to these most recent cuts at the Amarillo Globe-News, many people are saying the newspaper industry is in trouble.... Just nobody within the industry is saying that.

"Our business is good, we're not growing by leaps and bounds but we're not struggling either. We're maintaining our position in the market," said Debbie Aylesworth, the Publisher for The Canyon News.

The Canyon News is like over two dozen others in the Panhandle that cover communities.

And while they aren't cutting back at all, they are holding off on yearly raises for their employees.

The smaller papers we spoke with today said they keep to their community because budgets limit them from covering more.

"We need the Globe-News covering other parts of the news in our area. There's a place for both of us here," said Aylesworth.

The Canyon News says they rely on the Globe to cover stories of regional interest and national news, because they have the resources to do so.

And the Globe-News say they will continue to supply that to the Panhandle.

In a statement to NewsChannel10, Amarillo Globe-News Publisher Les Simpson said:

"The Amarillo-Globe News has been in business for nearly 100 years and we will be here for many years to come. We are not going out of business. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are a strong business and will survive the current recession."

Many of the newspapers we spoke with today say their biggest problem is more and more readers are heading to the internet, leaving the handheld paper, for older generations.