Orleans Hub turns 9 today

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 April 2022 at 8:16 am

The Orleans Hub is 9 years old today. We’re up to 31,425 posts since we started on April 1, 2013. That’s about 10 a day, every day, for over 3,000 days.

We’ve been able to survive and function at a time when news organizations, especially smaller ones that focus on local news, are in great distress. About 100 newspapers closed during Covid over the past two years, with the operations facing big cuts in advertising revenue. Going back to 2005, about 2,200 American local print newspapers have closed. That includes the former Albion Advertiser and The Journal-Register in Orleans County.

The Orleans Hub is part of Lake Country Media. We share staff with The Lake Country Pennysaver for ad reps, graphic design and billing. Karen Sawicz is the owner of the Hub and the Pennysaver.

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

It’s a tough business and we’re grateful for the support of our advertisers, including many who took a chance on us in the very beginning and have stayed. We also have some Hub readers who send us donations because they appreciate the local coverage. Click here for more information about donating.

Many other news sites keep the news behind a paywall and charge readers to access the content. We don’t charge subscriptions to see the news, or subject people to surveys or annoying pop-up ads.

We appreciate the dedicated Hub readers. There are more than 9,000 of you on average each day. Last year we had nearly 10 million pageviews. We also have about 25,000 followers on social media.

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