Point’s community magazine The Rudhach has today (Sunday May 12th) issued a plea to the community to help ensure the survival of the publication.
The monthly magazine was founded almost 20 years ago and has twice won Community Newspaper of the Year at the Highlands and Islands press awards and has been commended by one of its regular columnists, Professor Matthew Maciver CBE, of Portnaguran, for showing a new face of community engagement.
But now falling circulation and a drop in the number of contributions being received has put the magazine in jeopardy, and the editorial committee has issued a two-fold plea – contribute your news and buy the magazine, or we will have to cease production.
In today’s statement the committee said: “The Rudhach is receiving less in the way of village news than it used to, making it harder to fill pages.
"The Rudhach committee believe that this in turn has caused a drop in sales over the last few months and we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we may have to cease publication of the Rudhach if this continues.
“We also understand that many people prefer to read things online and all print newspapers and magazines are feeling the effect of this change in reading habits. Also, some of the people who were loyal readers have sadly passed away.
"The committee is often told that people share their copy with friends and family and, while this is understandable, in these hard economic times, it does have an adverse effect on sales.
“The committee will monitor the situation over the next few months and come to a decision at the end of the year.
“If you want to have a say in this, please come along to our AGM which will be held in Ionad Stoodie on 26th November.”