For reasons big and small, I finally unsubscribed to the weekday print edition of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (while maintaining my weekend subscription.) First, I realized that the D & C charges nearly twice as much for its much smaller print newspaper than does The New York Times (which I will never read on kindle). While I like supporting local professional journalism, that price was too steep.¹
Second, recently the D & C lost two of its finest writers, Erica Bryant and David Andreatta, and we are still awaiting their replacements. Third, the D & C recently added an e-edition. I realized I most relied on the print edition for its SPORTS ON TV feature that did not previously appear in the digital edition. This feature saves much time scanning the MENU on the tv itself in search of a game. Now, the e-edition means I don’t need the print version.
Fourth — and most importantly — as seen in The D & C does not publish our letter on its sexist use of language, recently the D & C drastically downsized its SPEAKING OUT and OPINION sections that now only appear on the weekends and also eliminated cyberquotes and blogatorials. Those sections foster lively community discussions and drew me to the full week of print.
I keep the weekend subscription partially to promote the work of George Cassidy Payne whose Guest Columns and Letters to the Editor are frequently published. Talker readers know that many of George’s essays first appear in the magazine. Reworked versions then appear in the D & C.
Yesterday, the D & C published “Journey to impeachment shows values: Treatment of migrants was morally just as bad.” George’s essays often elicit robust conversation and dissenting views in the magazine and have attracted D & C letters to the editor both pro and con. Below are George’s Guest Columns since 2018 with accompanying links where applicable.
¹ In a recent conversation on WXXI’s Connections, Evan Dawson interviewed David Andreatta as Andreatta was transitioning from the D & C to the CITY newspaper. Dawson told listeners if they could afford a subscription to the D & C they should do so. Dawson’s words triggered my guilt when considering cancellation of the weekday print edition. The (overpriced) subscription helps subsidize investigative news reporting that I wholly value. But — I rationalized — the price was too high especially given the reduction of my favorite sections. I wish I had answers for saving the D & C, but don’t.Boxes upon boxes of Rochester newspaper history