Bay State Banner plans dialogue on its future
The Bay State Banner, the Boston newspaper focuses on the black community, will have a community meeting this Wednesday to discuss the paper's future.
The meeting, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will be held at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., in Roxbury.
Newspaper officials will discuss upcoming plans for the paper including a new subscriber club card that gives members discounts at local businesses.
The 44-year-old paper, which temporarily shuttered July 9 for a month, raised its subscription fee from $20 for anyone to $48 a year for Bay State residents and $55 for those out of state. The paper relaunched on Aug. 6 after accepting a $200,000 loan from the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the city's planning agency.
At Wednesday's meeting, newspaper officials will update the community on the paper's business plan with Next Street Financial LLC, to keep the paper operating in the long term.
"This is our dialogue with the community," said Sandra Casagrand, vice president, marketing and sales director at the Banner. "It's about what our future plans are and how the community can be supportive."
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