New owners are bringing a longtime Carthage newspaper back to life – and the price is something local readers will like.
It’s the relaunch of the Carthage Press – the newspaper that shut down just weeks ago. It’s been an emotional transition for supporters like Irene Van Gilder.
“Because when I heard it was closing – I actually sat down and cried,” says Irene Van Gilder.
So Irene Van Gilder made sure to show up when she heard the announcement about a replacement.
“And then when the guys said they were coming back – oh – I actually did a little jig,” says Van Gilder.
R.H. Media Group mailed out hundreds of copies of the new and improved Carthage Press. It went out to every resident in the city – for free.
“One of our focuses being a locally owned paper is we’re thinking outside the box – we’re looking at what has worked for other areas throughout the Midwest,” says Matthew Rush with R.H. Media Group.
And that means putting a free paper in the mail for everyone in town every week.
“Right now that’s going to be our permanent model,” says Matthew Rush.
They will charge a subscription fee for readers outside of town who want the paper. And there is also a digital version, which will also cost.
“Our plan is to have a small fee for the digital media because that’s going to be kept up to date every day; there’s going to be news stories on there,” says Rush.
The old Carthage Press shut down just six weeks ago. It’s prompted two replacements – first the Carthage Chronicle produced by a publisher out of Sarcoxie and now the new Carthage Press.
“Talking about the Maple Leaf parade that’s coming up, you know have a lot of good Maple Leaf things in here, also a lot of great things about the community schools,” says Rush.
The new Carthage Press will come out once a week – although the crew says they’d like to build to multiple times a week if there’s backing for that. If readers want to check them out online, we’ve got the link here.