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November 19, 2019

10/31/2019 2:01:00 PM
RoundTable to Focus on Online Paper
Continuing to Serve the Community

For the past 21 years, the RoundTable has published a print edition of the newspaper every other week. More than a decade ago, the RoundTable added a website, Our online archives contain more than 17,000 stories.

On Nov. 14, the RoundTable’s 26th magazine, “Our Evanston,” will be published and distributed to homes and community locations.

During our 21 years, the paper, its writers, designers and photographers have received many local and regional awards for their news reporting, education reporting, feature stories, photography, columns, humor and design. Last week, the paper’s writers, photographer and one designer collectively received 17 awards in many of these categories from the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association.

The paper’s mission has been to find and share stories about the community of Evanston so that we can educate our readers about this remarkable community. This is Evanston, not Lake Woebegone, and some of our stories reflected the persistent challenges faced by an urban-suburban community that is racially, ethnically and economically diverse.

We have held elected and appointed officials to account at both the City and the School Districts. We have argued for affordable housing and social justice in the community. We have maintained our stance that the School Districts must have high standards and educate all of our children to their fullest potential.

Our intent has always been to be a free paper. We distributed the newspaper free of charge throughout the community, so people of all income levels can have access to it.

Like hundreds of newspapers throughout the county, though, the RoundTable’s advertising revenues are no longer sufficient to sustain a print edition of the paper.

After publication of the Nov 14 paper, the RoundTable will take a hiatus from printing the newspaper. We will devote our time to upgrading the paper’s online newspaper, the revamped version of which will be unveiled within the next four to six weeks.

In so doing, we plan to adhere to the same level of journalism that we have had in the past. Our commitment to this community and to delivering high-quality, bias-free stories and emphatic editorials and columns remains. Only our platform will change. We will ask for the community’s support as we make this shift.

During the next few months, we will also be considering several options for the future of the print edition of the paper.

We encourage our readers to sign up for email alerts when we post new articles to the online site. To do so, click on the box in the top left side of RoundTable’s homepage, and fill in the form.

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Comment by: Roberta Barry

We subscribed to the paper edition because it is so much easier to read, and because we wanted to be sure not to miss an edition if we forgot to pick it up. I also would request that in addition to isolated articles, with just the first few lines to try to identify the content by, you also send a full issue with the whole of each article visible at once. And please include the Traffic Guy.

The RoundTable is now the only source for political news about Evanston - please make it as accessible as possible. We really appreciate knowing what is going on in our community.

Posted: Friday, November 1, 2019
Comment by: Sheila Merry

The paper addition will certainly be missed. Thank you so much to the editors for all your hardwork keeping it going for so long. You provide a tremendously valuable resource to our community. I know I will continue to value the on-line version as well.

Posted: Friday, November 1, 2019
Comment by: Brenda Harris

The seniors in the Evanston community will suffer behind the online paper, many who are not computer literate. I do understand the cost of keeping it in paper form. Please keep this in consideration in your options.

Posted: Friday, November 1, 2019
Comment by: John McClelland

As we discussed via email a few weeks ago, before I had any specific clue and perhaps only subconscious premonition, finding ways to sustain print is challenging. Having moved recently to a retirement community, we miss the reliable arrival of print and hope the online-only edition will be able to present all the content -- even the formerly print advertising -- and will get an orderly presentation of the email updates (which I have always read or skimmed) plus one email linking to each new full issue if that is how you choose to present the periodic package. And yes, we are among those who would pay reasonable amounts per-issue, or per-download, or to subscribe.

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