La Crosse diocesan newspaper "The Catholic Times" to disband in October
Franz posts his thoughts here:
To be fair, the Diocese of La Crosse is not abandoning print evangelization entirely. The plan is to publish a monthly/semi-monthly magazine called Catholic Life, which will be mailed to all registered households. I'm actually excited by the potential of the glossy magazine as a journalistic template. But with the transition, La Crosse is abandoning its proud history of independent, local journalism.I was talking with a friend, and we were listing some of the papers which appear to be working quite well, The Catholic Key - Kansas City, The Catholic Spirit - St. Paul & Minn., The Compass - Green Bay. You have to think a web presence or a digital consumption model is necessary to be successful in the modern media age.
Franz also says "It's sad to see the Church shrink and contract rather than grow and expand." Certainly true, but maybe it just means it's up to the laity to create something new and independent to fill this void. The trick is to find the business model to make it work, even secular newspapers have felt the crunch.