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We recently announced that we would be moving the Dickinson Press to a weekly newspaper — of course, not because it was a decision we wanted to make but one we had to make. Rather, a decision that was made for us by the realities of this harsh industry.

Those realities are dark. They keep people like me up at night. Maybe they keep you up at night, too. But the reality is: 1 in 5 communities has shut down their local newspaper in the past 15 years.

There’s a term for this, when a community’s news operations cease to exist: News deserts, they’re called — communities where stories go unreported and voices are silenced.

To the Dickinson community, I know it feels like the announcement we shared last week was all bad news. But we are not a news desert. And we made these tough decisions so that we’ll hopefully never become one.

We will still be producing a printed newspaper every Wednesday and a shopper on the weekends. But perhaps most importantly, we are still online every single day at thedickinsonpress.com .

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I understand you want to hold the newspaper. You want to breathe in the printed paper and take pleasure in reading news that has a concrete beginning and a finite end. Truth is, so do I. I love the printed page, both as a channel for content consumption and as an advertising vehicle.

So on Wednesdays, please, do keep losing yourself in the joy of reading the printed paper. But the other days of the week, the news won’t stop, and neither will we.

We’ve been reporting on the stories of Dickinson since 1883. For the past 137 years, we’ve told the stories of this community, and we’d like the opportunity to tell them for 137 more — and then some.

I understand you’re frustrated, and you can cancel your subscription — but doing that won’t prevent Dickinson from becoming a news desert. Keeping your weekly print, 7-day digital subscription to The Dickinson Press will.

Just as the world around us moves to be more digitally focused, so too have daily newspapers all throughout the country. That doesn’t change what’s most important: that we will continue to deliver news about Dickinson to those who live in and care about Dickinson.

Whether in print or online, The Dickinson Press will continue to cover stories like the post office not delivering your local mail, issues impacting state and city government and all the news that matters most to this community — because if not for us, then who? I can assure you, we are not giving up on Dickinson. We are recommitting to a format that we believe will allow us to serve this community for years to come.

For those of you who have reached out to offer comments of support and understanding during a time that has been extremely difficult, especially on our staff in Dickinson, we can’t tell you how much we appreciate you.

We can only hope to return the favor by continuing to deliver the best news every day, regardless of format.

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If you’re not yet a subscriber, we’d be honored if you’d help us keep journalism alive and thriving in Dickinson. Let us prove to you that digital news can be just as powerful as the printed news. Enjoy this limited-time offer for 12 months of digital for only $80: www.thedickinsonpress.com/promos?id=newsmatters .

Bill Marcil, Jr., President and CEO of Forum Communications

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