Frontiers 118, Part 3: The challenges of print
The Binkley Family of Fairbanks and Jason Evans, a rural newspaper owner, have stepped forward to keep the Alaska Dispatch News from folding. They have agreed to loan the Dispatch a million dollars to keep the print version of the paper in circulation. They are positioning themselves to take over ownership of the newspaper, but ultimately a federal bankruptcy court will decide the Dispatch’s future.
Since Alaska Dispatch’s takeover of the Anchorage Daily News, its operating costs have far exceeded its revenues -- so for now, the loan is at best a band-aid.
In this segment, two Alaska newspaper veterans put the Alaska Dispatch’s troubles in historical context – Michael Carey and Edgar Blatchford. Carey is a longtime columnist whose voice has served as the conscience of both the Anchorage Daily News and Alaska Dispatch. Blatchford, who teaches journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage, is a champion of rural and Alaska Native news coverage. He’s also been a newspaper owner.