BELLINGHAM — The April edition of The Bellingham Business Journal will be its last.
“Significantly decreased advertising revenue, directly resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, has forced us to make the incredibly difficult decision to discontinue publishing The Bellingham Business Journal,” the business posted March 27.
The monthly tabloid acutely felt the impacts of the spreading coronavirus pandemic, along with the rest of the local business community, said Josh O’Connor, publisher/president of Sound Publishing Inc.
“It’s no secret that journalism faces the same economic pressures because we too are a local business that relies on local retail revenue from thriving businesses on main street,” he wrote.
The Bellingham Business Journal, founded by Al Raines in 1992, has chronicled business in Whatcom County for more than 27 years. The newspaper changed hands two more times until Sound Publishing purchased it in 2007.
“We’d like to thank the countless number of local businesses and readers that have supported us over the years. And we wish the community all the best as they move forward through the ups and downs of business in the years ahead,” O’Connor said.