I'm going to resubscribe to the News & Record.
I let my subscription lapse after the paper's Amendment 1 fiasco, a meltdown that went beyond the failure to editorialize on the biggest civil rights issue in recent North Carolina history to some serious news-side myopia and misjudgment. There was no heated moment when I canceled delivery of the newspaper that (with its predecessors) I've been reading pretty much since I learned how to read. Instead, the renewal notice sat on my desk for weeks, and I just couldn't see myself writing a check to the people who had let this city down in so many ways over the past five years, much less their feckless owners in Virginia. Eventually, they stopped leaving it in my driveway.
So for a few months I lived without a local daily. I didn't feel starved for news, largely because the N&R's reporting gets circulated and filtered through online media, but I wasn't seeing everything, and I missed the routine of reading the paper with my morning coffee. And honestly I felt like I was freeloading by getting the info I got via other sources; I try to support local non-profits, including news orgs, so adding one that aspires to profitability wasn't a stretch.
What will I be buying? A paper that seems to have bottomed out. Hiring Travis Fain was a boost in terms of quality and optics, and I want to encourage that momentum. There's no quick comeback from the neutron bombs in the newsroom and a laughable online strategy, but we're here in the new normal and I find that I still want the print edition of my hometown newspaper on the breakfast table every morning.