David Marion, 41st grand basileus of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and Bettye Gardner, executive council for ASALH, read The Washington Informer. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)
David Marion, 41st grand basileus of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and Bettye Gardner, executive council for ASALH, read The Washington Informer. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)

Nothing is constant but change. This edition of The Washington Informer reflects that change, with a page size smaller than ever in our 55 years of existence. This is why.

Months ago, The Washington Post announced it would discontinue publishing its weekday free newspaper, The Washington Post Express. The news was a shock to everyone, including us, who, like most Washingtonians, had grown accustomed to seeing hawkers distributing the paper at area Metro stations ever since the newspaper first started 16 years ago. The Express was small and convenient for the morning commuters.

While The Informer only had one hawker – “Little” Paul — who faithfully distributed the newspaper at the Anacostia Metro station in Southeast — other distributors were giving away the Express at nearly every Metro station across the District. Sadly, when we lost Paul, who died two years ago, we relied only on our free newspaper boxes at dozens of Metro stations across the region. Hundreds of our devoted readers accessed The Informer there every week, and we continue to work hard to maintain our boxes despite the damage and theft that so often occurs.

Still, like so many Washingtonians, we were taken aback when Washington Post ended publishing the Express, with little warning to the public. This year also witnessed the end of the Northwest Current after publishing weekly for 52 years. Little did we know that The Informer would be impacted, as well.

For more than 20 years, The Informer has contracted with a Washington Post-owned newspaper printing company to print our newspaper, as well. We, like so many other smaller publications in the region, are facing a declining number of newspaper printers mostly owned by the large daily newspapers. But even those printing shops are experiencing the impact of the new digital age. As a result, the shuttering of the Express, the company that printed them, and The Informer, as well, recently closed. We quickly decided to move with the same printer to another location, but the change in page size was a factor we also had to consider.

Despite the change in the way we look, we thank you, our dedicated readers, for supporting us as we go through this minor adjustment. Your feedback is welcomed, but rest assured, we may be smaller, but it won’t decrease our commitment to covering the news in a big way.

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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