More change is coming for the local newspaper that serves Fort McMurray, after a wildfire forced its staff to flee the city along with more than 80,000 others in May.
On Tuesday, Fort McMurray Today announced it is scaling back its print publication to two times a week and will instead focus on its website. It published six days a week before the fire.
“Our subscriptions list has completely changed since the fire. Probably 2,000 of our subscribers no longer have homes,” said managing editor Olivia Condon.
Condon said the main reason for reducing the number of print issues is Postmedia Network’s focus on digital platforms. She adds, since the fire, hits to the newspaper’s Facebook site have increased ten-fold.
Sheldon Germain, deputy mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, suggested the paper’s decision to publish less often could pose a problem for the community, but said he recognizes that more people are consuming news online.
During and after the wildfire, the municipality used its website and social media to keep residents informed.