In response to COVID-19, Nunatsiaq News suspends print paper

Daily online news will continue at nunatsiaq.com

Nunatsiaq News is suspending its print edition immediately, but readers will continue to find daily news online at nunatsiaq.com. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nunatsiaq News will suspend its print edition until further notice, the newspaper’s publisher, Michael Roberts, has announced.

The decision, effective immediately, means no printed version of the paper will appear tomorrow, Friday, March 27.

Roberts said that due to changes in airline schedules, newspapers were not getting to their destinations. Also, the company contracted to print Nunatsiaq News is suspending its operations.

“This will free up cargo space for perishable and medical supplies on the reduced flights,” he said.

But readers will continue to find free daily news coverage at nunatsiaq.com.

As well, a virtual version of the print paper will still appear each week on our E-edition archives page. To find it, click on the Archives button at the top of every page on the website, and then go to E-edition archives.

The staff at Nunatsiaq News remain committed to providing essential news coverage online, Roberts said.

“Publishing the news is a critical public service that helps change public behaviour and reinforce mandates to self-isolate,” Roberts said.

“Our readers are well informed, participate in the public discussion, and then influence others in society, such as the elders whom we all want to keep safe.”

In comparison to the approximately 5,000 weekly printed copies, the website reaches about 67,900 online readers per week

Through March, the nunatsiaq.com website has seen a surge in readership, with an average of about 9,800 visitors a day, 51 per cent higher than the same period a year ago.

That represents an increase of about 22,000 readers per week.

“It is critical during this time that governments, Inuit organizations, and other advertisers support news-gathering and publishing through buying ads. This not only funds the news, it gets your message out to nearly everyone,” said Roberts.

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