One of those who commented described himself or herself as a former Joplin Globe employee and wrote the following:
The Joplin Globe has to get its money from somewhere, folks.
The Globe is expected to turn a nice profit for its owner, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.
Papers which are locally owned, such as the Webb City Sentinel, still provide free obituaries.
The problem with the Globe charging for obituaries is that it loses its unofficial status as the newspaper of record in Joplin and Jasper County. This is not important to CNHI, which cares only about making money.
That said, CNHI is a much better steward of its properties than newspaper groups such as Gatehouse, which bleeds its papers dry and then moves on.
Gatehouse Media, it should be noted, owns the Carthage Press, Neosho Daily News, Pittsburg Morning Sun, and the Big Nickel in this area.