Hang onto your newsie hats – The Skagway News is implementing changes to embrace the future and ensure the survival of the paper.
We are pivoting to an online-only model. Our last printed edition will be Dec. 23. You can continue to find our online edition at Skagwaynews.com. Click on individual stories or select the PDF for a more traditional newspaper experience.
We want to assist our readers during this transition in any way possible. We will maintain the printable PDF version of The Skagway News and email it to subscribers. Laptops can be checked out from Skagway Library or readers can visit the library to view the paper via desktop computer. Melinda is available to visit any Skagway resident who needs help learning to access the paper.
We will contact our advertisers with new rate sheets and advertising opportunities with our online format.
This was an arduous decision that took months of research and contemplation. While losing the print edition is difficult, it allows us to keep The Skagway News in business. COVID-19 and the landslides on Railroad Dock sped up this transition – a move many local papers will make in the next few years.
An exclusively on-line paper is better for the environment and will allow us to focus on pushing out more news. It also increases the likelihood that we get paid a salary. We will maintain our twice per month publication schedule with updates when breaking news occurs between deadlines.
We are working on an expanded website which will include increased content, a more complete archive and the ability to listen to articles.
The Skaguay Alaskan, our local visitors guide, will continue as a printed paper handed to thousands of tourists by our famous, adorable local newsies.
Thank you for your support and embracing this community paper. We look forward to engaging with you online and in Skagway.
Melinda Munson and Gretchen Wehmhoff
The Skagway News