CORTLAND - With questions ranging from coupons to delivery to the future of newspapers, Tribune Chronicle editors and staff heard from readers in the Cortland area as part of the monthly Meet the Editors series.
The latest trip was to the new Cortland Branch Library on Tuesday.
Publisher Charles Jarvis said, ''As part of our 200th anniversary tour, we have gone to a lot of places in the county and have seen a lot of people. We want to hear what you have to say and what you want to know about the Tribune Chronicle.''
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Anna Enyings of Warren shares a laugh with Tribune Chronicle’s humor columnist and assistant metro editor Burton Cole during the Meet the Editors program Tuesday at the Cortland Library Branch.
Jarvis said in addition to the Meet the Editors events, there have been several fun things this year for the anniversary, including a gospel festival, a bicentennial celebration in downtown Warren and a five-guest series of speakers called ''It All Started Here.''
''The newspaper industry is a great job to be in. The news is different every day. We interact with a lot of different people,'' he said.
Residents asked questions from what coupons come in the paper to the future of newspapers.
Liz Knauf of Greene asked why there are only certain coupons and inserts in the paper.
General Manager Len Blose said major coupon companies choose the regions and the papers they want their coupons and inserts to be in, noting the decisions are not the newspaper's.
In answer to another question, Blose said the Tribune presses are contracted to also print the Ashtabula Star Beacon, Buckeye Review, the Youngstown State University student newspaper, The Jambar, and several area weeklies.
Circulation Manager Ted Snyder said the Tribune delivers the Cleveland Plain Dealer locally and Akron Beacon Journal.
Carol Wiley of Cortland, whose son is in the newspaper industry, asked about the future of newspapers.
Jarvis said smaller and medium size papers are fairing better than larger newspapers due to the larger papers using a lot of paper to print - which is expensive, labor contracts and equipment expenses.
''The cost of newsprint is higher than it has ever been. ... There will always be a market for news, it just may not always be delivered the same way,'' Jarvis said.
''Newspapers are trying things to see what will work to increase revenue online,'' Jarvis said.
''We have more readership today. There is a lot of sharing of newspapers,'' he said, noting each paper copy averages 3.3 readers.
Snyder said the Cortland, Bazetta and Mecca area has 17,000 papers delivered daily. Blose said in addition there are 17,500 visits daily to the Tribune's website.
Several residents commented on the various columnists featured in the paper, including Burton Cole's weekly Sunday column, ''Burt's Eye View.''
Anna Enyings of Warren said she reads Cole's column every Sunday morning before church.
''You say the things many of us want to say,'' she said.
Jarvis said the Tribune is proud of its coverage of veterans with a special 400-plus page book coming in November honoring local veterans whose stories have appeared in the paper since 2003.