Pounds: Toledo Free Press to closeWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | email@example.com
We fought long and hard to make sure this day would never come, but it’s with a heavy heart that I must announce Toledo Free Press is closing.
Between years of legal wrangling and ongoing struggles with predatory ad pricing from a competitor, business conditions are such that we can no longer continue.
When I started Toledo Free Press 10 years ago, I pledged this newspaper would be honest, objective, transparent and accessible and would treat readers with respect. We set out to take a glass half-full approach to the Glass City and the region without shying away from hard questions and difficult truths.
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I think we’ve accomplished all that and much more, including five consecutive nods for “Best Weekly Newspaper in Ohio” from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. We’ll find out later this year if we won one more.
In the end, while delivering news is a right, it is also a privilege, one that we can no longer afford to provide.
Closing hurts, but even more painful would be to have never tried. This newspaper has been a dream. We have enjoyed offering area readers an alternate voice and relished the challenge of changing the status quo of news reporting in Toledo. By adding to the conversation, we did what we set out to do, and I’m proud of the work we’ve done.
While our last print issue was April 26, we will continue to post some remaining content on our website and social media accounts for the next few weeks.
I’d like to thank founding Editor in Chief Michael S. Miller and current Editor in Chief Sarah Ottney for their passion and dedication. Thank you to our hardworking staff, generous investors, loyal advertisers and network of dedicated freelancers and carriers. Most importantly, thanks to you, our readers, for supporting a small local business and a free press.
President and publisher, Toledo Free Press