Friday, August 07, 2015
Joplin Globe raising rates again
A reader sent me the news that the area's newspaper of record is once again raising its rates.
Perhaps by increasing the rates, the Globe will be able to cover some of the stories it has been missing, such as the information about Joplin City Councilman Mike Woolston that was included in the Loraine Report (or anything else that was included in the Loraine Report, for that matter).
Or perhaps more money can help the Globe to do a better job of covering the Joplin R-8 School District. Those whose reading habits included only the Joplin Globe and not the Turner Report, were probably stunned when Superintendent C. J. Huff was sent packing (retired) since they had never been told there were any problems in the school district.
The new price for those paying through the Globe's Easy Pay will be $22.98 a month beginning September 1, up from $20.98, a 9.5 percent hike.
In his pitch, Circulation Director Jack Kennedy wrote, "The Joplin Globe has always been part of your community and your lives." After that threatening statement, he continued, "This will also help us to continue to be the most trusted daily news source in our region and provide resources to invest in the community we serve."
I will announce now that there will be no increase in subscription rates for the Turner Report/Inside Joplin. While the Globe's monthly rate will increase to $22.98, mine will stay at $3.
While the Globe's new annual rate at $22.98 a month is $275.76, my rate will stay right where it is, at $30 a year.
Another thing to consider- If this rate increase is designed to help the Globe to serve the community better, then what did all of the earlier rate increases accomplish?
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