PUBLICATION of the free, fortnightly LymeOnline newspaper will start again on Friday, August 7.
The publication of the printed newspaper was suspended due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, which saw our advertising revenue and sponsorship deals drop significantly.
During the lockdown we have continued to publish a fortnightly digital edition of the newspaper, and we launched LymeOnline Extra – an eight-page, compact, printed version available via subscription, especially for those unable to access the internet.
Four issues of this have now been printed and we are committed to printing another two during July.
The full, free, printed newspaper will then return on Friday, August 7 partially thanks to grants from the Google News Initiative and Dorset Council, plus welcome donations from our readers.
Editor Francesca Evans said: “We were hugely disappointed to have to suspend publication of our printed newspaper at the end of March due to the coronavirus epidemic, especially as we know our older readers in particular rely on this to keep them informed.
“We have done our best to keep everyone up to date via our website, digital edition of the newspaper and our LymeOnline Extra subscription model, but we are delighted to be re-launching the full, free, printed newspaper in August.
“Most of our advertising revenue comes from the hospitality and tourism sectors, so following this week’s government announcement that pubs and restaurants can reopen, and overnight stays are allowed from July 4th, we are hopeful that we can once again make LymeOnline a viable community asset.
“Thank you to all those who have continued to advertise during the difficult period, and all our readers for your support and generous donations.
“We are also very grateful to the Google News Initiative Journalism Emergency Relief Fund and Dorset Council for grants, and to the Independent Community News Network for fighting the corner of independent news outlets like LymeOnline during this challenging time.”
LymeOnline is a not-for-profit community venture and moving forward will continue to rely on advertising and sponsorship to cover its printing costs.
If you’re interested in advertising or supporting LymeOnline, contact managing director Philip Evans on 07796 951 991 or visit the Support Us page for more details.