Editor & Publisher Magazine recognized The Cordova Times with an honorable mention in its March edition, 10 News Publishers That Do It Right. The national journalism industry publication said it researched the newspaper and found it to cover news that lead to “meaningful discussions” and “positive growth across Alaska.”
“This year’s class of 10 News Publishers That Do It Right is an excellent representation of small-town monthly, weekly and daily print properties; traditional print, digital news, business and alternative publishers — representing at the breadth and depth of our industry,” wrote E&P editor Robin Blinder in the magazine. “Each publisher chosen has an innovation story to tell — of revenue, content, community service, engagement, or platform. We are excited about what these industry warriors are doing to keep news vibrant in their local communities.”
The Cordova Times was one of 11 honorable mentioned written about in the magazine, which ranged from large metro publications to hyper-local weeklies like Cordova’s newspaper.
“With a digital readership that often eclipses the population of Cordova by ten-fold, The Cordova Times covers local news, city government, community features, commercial fisheries, environmental news, arts, science, history and Alaskan culture,” Blinder wrote. “This newspaper, owned by the Native Village of Eyak since 2016, regularly publishes news that leads to meaningful discussions, change and positive growth across Alaska.”
E&P went on to share with its audience the fact that NVE is looking for new owner for The Cordova Times.
“Unfortunately, The Cordova Times has struggled in a rapidly changing media climate, as have many publications across the country,” Blinder wrote. “As E&P was gathering information for this issue, the tribal government owner announced it is seeking a new owner for the publication. The price? Free. If a suitable owner does not come forward, this 108-year-old award-winning property, the sole newspaper in its region, may cease publication.”
“That would be devastating for the region and staff members — many who have remained with the newspaper for over a decade and through three different owners,” Blinder said.