Newspapers will be online-only during virus crisis

Statement from Our Publisher

I lead not only a newsroom but also a business. So I have made the decision to halt the printing of our newspapers during this COVID-19 crisis and publish exclusively online at MetroSTL.com until traffic returns to the stores and businesses where we distribute our papers and the ban on large gatherings is lifted.

Our readers will still be able to get our unique hyper-local reporting on the happenings of their neighborhoods on their phones, tablets and home computers via our website.

Our reporters, photographers and editors will continue to work (mostly from home), and our stories will continue to be published online daily. But having the largest circulation of any weekly in the city, I know that 50,000 papers won’t be moving off the racks the same way next week as they did last week.

The safety of our customers, staff and our own families and neighbors has to be everyone’s top priority now.  Social distancing is the best thing we all can do to delay the spread of this virus and buy our health system some time.

See you soon.

Antonio French,

Antonio French

antonio@thenorthsider.com Antonio French is the publisher of MetroSTL.com, The NorthSider and SouthSider community newspapers. Born and raised in north St. Louis, he is a social entrepreneur and former two-term St. Louis City alderman. He lives in the O'Fallon Park neighborhood with his wife, son, and four rescue dogs. Follow him on Twitter at @antoniofrench.

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