By Keith Stride for Memorial Post
Anyone living in Winnipeg Canada will tell you about how their city’s main newspaper, the Winnipeg Free Press, is now anything but free. Like many other newspapers struggling to survive in the new digital economy the WFP now requires readers to pay a fee anytime they view an article online.
Okay this is nothing new. But in Winnipeg this now means that any time an obituary is shared online readers have to choke back their grief long enough to cough up some cold hard cash.
We get that newspapers have been struggling ever since the world went online. But obits? Really? After all, the family has already paid a significant sum for their tribute to appear in the paper, now their friends and family have to pay even more to read it.
Unfortunately this is a trend that’s bound to continue until newspapers ultimately succumb to their long term illness and go the way of poor old Auntie Rosie.