LET IT BURN: Chicago Sun-Times leaves front page blank, pleads for subscribers: ‘We need you to be there for us’

Gov’t Slaves

The Chicago Sun-Times is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the city.

Every day for 174 years, we have been there for you. Now we need you to be there for us. 

We’re asking you to please support our daily work by subscribing to our website for $7.49 a month. That’s less than 25 cents a day. In return, you’ll get unlimited access to our web content and will help protect the long-term survival of our newsroom.

What’s at stake

Imagine our city without our headlines.

Without our journalists to tell your side of the story.

Without our beat writers to cover sports.

Without our watchdog reporters to keep an eye on government.

Without our columnists and editorial board to be a second voice.

Imagine it. Then help us make sure it doesn’t happen.

The economic reality

Until now, we’ve offered our online content for free. But we can no longer afford to operate our business this way.

The Alliance of Audited Media, an industry group that monitors the circulation of news publishers, estimates that the percentage of legitimate websites generating relevant, original content is very low, about 3 percent of the world’s 329 million websites, because the economics are brutal.

Google and Facebook dominate digital advertising, together collecting 73 percent of all digital ad revenue, according to a 2017 analysis by the research firm, Pivotal.  All other companies compete for rest of the digital advertising pie. As print advertising has declined year-after-year, this has a created an impossible business model for labor-intensive, quality local journalism.

Earlier this month, the Denver Post made a dramatic plea to save that paper from an owner who has financially drained the company and trimmed the reporting staff to the bone. Our story — in many ways — is similar.

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4 thoughts on “LET IT BURN: Chicago Sun-Times leaves front page blank, pleads for subscribers: ‘We need you to be there for us’

  1. “Every day for 174 years, we have been there for you. Now we need you to be there for us.”

    Getting harder & harder to sell lies & propaganda these days.

    Don’t count on it, jewb#tches.

  2. “Please, please, please read our newspaper. We promise not to lie to you every day of the week ever again”. — Editor.

  3. Maybe, just maybe the Shitcago Sun Times ought try to be a REAL newspaper instead of a disinformation propaganda arm of the DNC. Radical concept, I know.

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