When was the last time you picked up a print newspaper?

When was the last time you picked up a print newspaper?


– Print newspapers. When is the last time you picked one up or had it delivered to your door? Like most Americans it is much more likely that you get your news via online sources as opposed to a print newspaper. One of the holdovers from
the days of print media is legal notices. Whether it be an abandoned storage unit, an unclaimed estate, a public meeting, or a number of other reasons, notice is often legally required
to be given to the public. The best way to do that used to be placing a notice in the newspaper. But with print readership declining daily, is it still necessary to require people to put ads in the paper? Would simply placing the notice on a paper’s online version be enough? The other side of this issue is the cost of these legal notices. The advertising pricing varies widely from one newspaper to the next, but they all have one thread in common. They receive substantial revenue
from government agencies. This antiquated policy
turns these legal notices into de facto taxpayer
subsidies for the newspapers. (coin dropping) – [Man] (screams) God. (coin dropping) – At a minimum legal notices
should not be required when the entity issuing the notice has another way of notifying
the person directly, like through a home visit or
certified letter, for example. Also, newspapers should have
a reasonable maximum rate for how much they charge
for these legal notices. At some point we need
to have a conversation about whether using print
media for legal notices is even needed anymore. The modes of communication
and mass media have changed, so it’s time that Utah’s
laws reflect that. For Libertas Institute,
I’m Nichelle Aiden. (techno music)

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