Alan Fisco: Readers have turned to newspapers in record numbers, speaking volumes about future of industry


While newspapers clearly have their challenges, Alan Fisco, president of The Seattle Times Company, is even more bullish on newspapers than he was six months ago.  In an interview with E&P's Mike Blinder, Fisco said the role of newspapers has never been more important.

"A free press is the cornerstone of our democracy," Fisco said, "and in spite of the threats we face, I think more and more people are coming to the realization of the role that we play there.  In the past six months, with the pandemic, social unrest, the fires, the smoke — everything but locusts — readers have turned to us in record numbers. I really think that speaks volumes about our future and our role in society."

Asked about top priorities at the 50,000-foot level for new publishers, Fisco said:

  • Stay focused on community and look for every opportunity to engage readers and advertisers.
  • Bang the drum for the critical role that newspapers play in the community.
  • Let people know that the industry is threatened, but don't do it in a way that sounds like newspapers are on their deathbed.
  • Be prepared to go on offense in 2021.
  • Support, nurture and develop your staff.
  • And, make sure you are a member of America's Newspapers!

Listen to the interview

Alan Fisco