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Announcement: Print edition hiatus

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Dear readers,

It is with both sadness and excitement that I announce the February 1 issue of The Warragul Citizen will be the paper’s last regular print issue for the foreseeable future.

The 2,000-run print edition of the paper has been serving Warragul since June 2011 with great success, but with the rise in popularity of the online component of the paper the print edition has become harder to manage.

I am the only staff member of The Warragul Citizen. I am about to begin my final year at university and have recently taken a part-time job with the Melbourne Press Club.

Regular free online news has become a key and popular component of The Warragul Citizen – a component which can no longer just be dropped every time the print edition requires attention.

These factors – university, online content obligations and other work – mixed with the highly involved print edition production process have contributed to my decision to place the print edition of the paper on hiatus.

The online component will continue as normal. In fact, the online component is the exciting part – the time once used on producing the print edition will go toward making this service even better.

The launch of The Pakenham Citizen was not a factor in this decision – that paper was launched after the decision to suspend print editions and will run in a different, less-involved way to The Warragul Citizen.

(Student journalists interested in writing for either The Pakenham Citizen or The Warragul Citizen should contact editor@warragulcitizen.com)

I am committed to keeping The Warragul Citizen going, but need your help to build the paper’s audience to make sure I can afford to do so after I leave university.

Every free paper needs a strong audience to keep going. Please let your friends know about the paper, and especially let them know about the free email update service which now keeps 1,177 people informed about what is happening in Baw Baw.

Click here to share the paper.

The website has clocked up 38,700 hits from about 17,000 individual viewers this month already, which is over 19 times the run of the print edition. The total for the entire of January last year was 1,475 hits.

The website now reaches more people in one day than the print edition does every two months.

I hope that by the end of next year the online following will be big enough for me to hire a second journalist, meaning regular print editions may be able to return.

No matter what happens I feel the future of this publication is a great one: it is just too great for one person to handle at the moment.

I would like to thank everyone who has helped with the print edition, from committed advertisers to Easy Az printers whose flexibility has suited my disorganisation perfectly. The work has certainly not gone to waste – the print edition has given authority to the online name.

Look out for Issue 9 of The Warragul Citizen – out on the afternoon of Friday, 1 February 2013. Advertising options are available: email editor@warragulcitizen.com.

William Kulich,

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8 comments on this article:

david wombat lyons on January 24th, 2013, 12:40 PM

I love the twitter updates, the facebook posts and the email news – and will keep sending in lots of items,

I do hope the print edition may return in the not too distant future


 
Marcia Townsend on January 24th, 2013, 4:00 PM

William you did a great job with the paper also the online content, I like the paper and will miss it. Thank you very much and good luck with the new roads you are travelling along. And good on Wombat for his contribution. Regards Marcia.


 
Gary frog on January 25th, 2013, 8:35 AM

I hope you get shut down in all aspects off journalism and that you fail your university degree, you are nothing but a stain!


 
Helen Timbury on January 25th, 2013, 11:01 AM

Being a printmaker, I really love things on paper so this is a bit sad. However this is wonderful news for you. Well done for establishing a printed edition in these difficult times and good luck with the Press Club job and the online versions. I will continue to read your publication via my screen.


 
UTF on January 29th, 2013, 6:01 PM

Wow. Gary Frog really, really, really needs to finally get a life.
Seriously, you still do this gimmick?


 
UTF on January 29th, 2013, 6:02 PM

Ps; Yep, you can use whatever username you like. You’re still the same knuckle dragging moron you always have been. :)


 
Cam on January 30th, 2013, 10:01 PM

Seems a better way to go to me!! I don’t buy any print newspapers anymore! Shame yes, but really much more convenient and it is always more up to date


 
Belinda Rogers on January 31st, 2013, 12:23 AM

Great news about the job at the Press Club; congratulations.

The Warragul Citizen has been a breath of fresh air in the stale void of local journalism. Glad to hear the online editions will continue and hope that in time the print edition can be resurrected too.

Keep up the great work.


 

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