The Blue Ridge Business Journal will publish its final issue Nov. 29. Jenny Kincaid Boone of The Roanoke Times has the following details:
The Roanoke Times announced today that it will cease publication of the Blue Ridge Business Journal, a twice-monthly business news publication, this month, and redirect its resources toward enhancing the newspaper’s Sunday Business news section.
The journal, a stand-alone publication mailed to subscribers for free, was integrated into the newsrooms’ operations in January.
But the publication’s business model, with the rising cost of newsprint and postal rates, has become a challenge to sustain, said Debbie Meade, president and publisher of The Roanoke Times, said in a news release. The journal’s final publication date will be Nov. 29. One employee’s job will be eliminated by the decision.
The Roanoke Times plans to shift more focus to its Sunday Business section, while incorporating some of the journals’ features. The revamped Sunday Business section will launch Jan. 16.