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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Marin Independent Journal to Shut Down In-House Printing Press

Posted By on Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 4:20 PM

click to enlarge The MIJ is going away, technically -- but it's not going anywhere
  • The MIJ is going away, technically -- but it's not going anywhere
Countering rumors to the contrary, the Marin Independent Journal's president and publisher said his paper is not curtailing its print run and going online only.

"Completely untrue," says Matt Wilson. That being said, it is the end of an era for print journalism in Marin County. The MIJ will next month "mothball" its in-house printing press and shift publication to a facility in Concord. As a result, around 30 staffers in the printshop and mail room - "pressmen," to use the technical term - will be out of a job.

Wilson said this move was spurred by USA Today recently opting to cease publication at the MIJ's Marin facility. "We print more copies of USA Today than our own paper," he said. "It became difficult to sustain a printing facility when your largest customer is no longer with you."

The decision was finalized late last week and announced to the MIJ's staff yesterday night.

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While print journalism is going the way of whalebone corsets and lamplighters, Marin's demographic trends do bode well for the MIJ. As the paper's columnist Dick Spotswood pointed out to SF Weekly, Marin is one of the oldest counties in California - by 2035, nearly half of its residents will be 60 years old; 30 percent are already.

Those are the kind of demographics newspaper publishers do a little dance over. Marin's pressmen, however, are not exactly in a dancing mood.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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