In a column this morning, the new publisher of The Union downplays the closure of the newspaper’s on-site printing plant, just like his predecessor, calling it a “luxury,” no less.
“Last year (Jim Hemig) had the awful job of dismantling The Union’s production department as an aging press reached antiquity in a new era,” the new publisher, Don Rogers, writes. “Economies of scale have long since rendered it a luxury for small papers to have their own presses. The paper I came from has been printed off-site longer than I worked there.”
What Don didn’t tell The Union’s readers is that the Auburn Journal (just 24 miles away) still prints its paper on-site. In fact, the Journal prints some of the inserts for The Union.
Now The Union is printed at The Bee in Sacramento and driven back to Grass Valley — a “coals to Newscastle” business strategy. A “luxury” for a community newspaper? Please.