Internet’s immediacy has relegated newspapers to secondary vehicles for yesterday’s news. But the Nashville Retrospect is actually embracing this new moniker.
The new monthly paper, which published its first issue in July, reprints old articles from defunct papers such as The Nashville Banner and The Colored Tennessean. And though there are some original articles about Nashville history, the concept behind the print editions allows the paper to avoid the intense pressure to scoop rival papers.
And response, said publisher Allen Forkum, has been positive:
We’re getting a lot of calls and emails and letters of people relating their memories of Nashville. That’s why I say it’s about history and nostalgia, because I look at nostalgia as history people can remember, and if we can get some of that in every issue, then we’ll have something that people enjoy reading.
The paper hopes to get all of its support from advertisers, an expectation that borders on fantasy in today’s print market when most newspapers that print new news are struggling to attract businesses to their pages. But maybe a paper that actually prides itself on being out-of date will succeed.
Or maybe not. Though the retro “news”paper claims to be free, its anachronistically modern Web site (“Find us on Facebook” button included) requests a $24 annual subscription fee.
But the paper is used to printing old news anyway, so someone probably just forgot to post an update.
UPDATE: Forkum told LedeObserver the $24 subscription is for mail delivery to home doorsteps. Paper boys were ultimately deemed too old-fashioned.