It’s the end of an era for a Syracuse Newspaper.
Workers at The Syracuse New Times have been told there will only be two more issues published. This comes just a few months after the New Times became a paid subscription service, in an effort to keep operations afloat.
The paper started in 1969 at Syracuse University as the Orange Pennysaver. In the early 70's, the newly named Syracuse New Times was charging 25 cents at newsstands for a short time.
But, it quickly became the free paper we all knew until this year.
Publisher Bill Brod says he sees no options to press forward in their current format. Some niche publications like the Family Times magazine will continue.
A statement was released by the Board of Directors Wednesday regarding the news:
“The Syracuse Press Club is saddened to learn the New Times newspaper will cease publication later this month. For 50 years, this weekly paper has spotlighted the offbeat, the alternative, the unique and the compelling stories of Central New York. The paper had engaged our community with some of the area’s best reporters and columnists.
It also was notable for its role in programming the annual SALT Awards and annual Street Painting Festival in downtown Syracuse.
Any loss in local journalism, whether it be in print, TV, radio, or digital, is a loss for the community as a whole. We wish the best of luck to the New Times newsroom and contributors, and thank them for their service.”
This year, the paper celebrated its 50th anniversary.
The final publication goes out June 26th.