Orleans Hub turns 8 today

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 April 2021 at 11:39 am

The Orleans Hub is 8 years old today. We’ve posted nearly 28,000 articles since April 1, 2013.

We’re grateful to serve in this role, connecting people to community news.

We help fill a void for local news with the closings of the former Journal-Register in Medina and the Albion Advertiser. They are among the 1,800 newspapers that went out of business in the United States since 2004.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, 60 newspapers have closed, and many others have cut staff, reduced editions and made other cost-cutting reductions.

It’s a tough business and we’re grateful for the support of our advertisers – many have been with us since Day 1. We also have some Hub readers who send us donations because they appreciate the local coverage.

We don’t charge subscriptions to access the news, or subject people to surveys or annoying pop-up ads.

We appreciate the dedicated Hub readers. There are about 10,000 of them on average everyday. Our readership in 2020 was up by 15 percent, with the pageviews jumping from 9,556,253 in 2019 to 10,932,597. So far, in the first three months of 2021, we are on pace to again top 10 million pageviews.

We plan to keep covering Orleans County – the good and the bad, the successes and the challenges. We thank you all for checking in.