A proposed tariff on newsprint is a direct threat to a cornerstone of democracy, and Connecticut’s representatives in the nation’s Capitol must work to ensure that it doesn’t come to pass.
Newspapers have felt financial pressure for decades. The advent of the internet and free online content has upended the old business model, and The Hartford Courant and other newspapers have done their best to adapt to their readers’ changing needs and habits.
But despite the advances in online journalism, newspapers still get a large share of their revenue from the printed product. Newspapers like The Courant buy hundreds if not thousands of tons of newsprint every year, and it is a significant portion of their expenses. The proposed tariff would cut deeply into revenues — and for many newspapers, it could be an unnecessary threat to survival.