Cherokee Phoenix to print twice monthly in 2019
The December 2018 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix cover.
TAHLEQAH – Readers of the Cherokee Phoenix will see several changes with the news organization starting in January, including printing the newspaper twice a month.
Currently a monthly publication, the Cherokee Phoenix staff will publish the newspaper on or as close to the first and 15th of each month beginning with an issue on Jan. 2. To compensate for the added printing and mailing expenses, the yearly subscription rate will increase from $10 to $15.
“We are moving to a bi-weekly format for one simple reason, to be more timely. A monthly paper is fine, but I feel like we aren’t distributing as much timely news to our citizens as we should, and reaching as many citizens as possible as quickly as possible is imperative,” Executive Editor Brandon Scott said. “Subscribers will see a 50 percent jump in the subscription rate, but will see a 100 percent jump in the number of Cherokee Phoenix issues they have delivered annually as they will now receive two issues monthly.”
On each scheduled publish date the Cherokee Phoenix will also post the electronic PDF version of the newspaper at www.cherokeephoenix.org
. The new PDF format will also be available for an annual subscription of $15 starting in January.
“Up until now we have given the PDF to citizens for free, which has caused our subscriber numbers to dwindle over the years. In order to avoid pay walls and other revenue-creating mechanisms to be put in place, we have made the hard decision to offer the digital copy for subscription alongside the hard copy subscription,” Scott said. “This isn’t about profit. This is about the Phoenix remaining viable and independent in a world where publications are consistently under financial threat. The Phoenix is rapidly approaching its 200-year anniversary and the decisions we are currently making now will assure that we will see many more.”
Scott said PDF subscriptions would be available at www.cherokeephoenix.org
Thanks to generous donations, the Cherokee Phoenix also offers free annual subscriptions to CN citizens who are elders, military veterans and/or living outside the CN jurisdiction.
Using the Elder & Veteran Fund, elders who are 65 and older and Cherokee veterans of any age can apply to receive a free one-year subscription by visiting, calling or writing the Cherokee Phoenix office and requesting a subscription.
The office is located in the Annex Building on the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex. The postal address is Cherokee Phoenix, P.O. Box 948, Tahlequah, OK 74465. To call about the Elder & Veteran Fund, call 918-207-4975 or 918-453-5269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
No income guidelines have been specified for the Elder & Veteran Fund. As for At-Large Fund, Scott said there are no restrictions on receiving a free subscription other than living outside the CN jurisdiction and being a CN citizen. These funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis until they are depleted.
Tax-deductible donations for the funds can be sent to the Cherokee Phoenix by check or money order specifying the intended fund. Cash is also accepted at the Cherokee Phoenix offices and local events where Cherokee Phoenix staff members are accepting donations.