I’m asking the question so Congressman Jason Chavitz and state representative Mike Noel don’t have to.
The Deseret News has announced it has begun publishing a Spanish-language newspaper to serve Utah’s growing Spanish-speaking community which now represents about 20 percent of the state’s population.
El Observador is a Spanish-language newspaper launched by Deseret Management Corp. It will be published three times a week, with the weekend edition emphasizing features, family and entertainment. Initial circulation will be 10,000 home deliveries weekly, with another 15,000 copies distributed on racks and by hand delivery. . .
El Observador will be distributed Tuesdays, Thursdays and on weekends. Readers can pay $1.25 to subscribe for home delivery. Weekend editions are free, and will be distributed at Catholic churches and Hispanic social events.
At a time when newspapers in general are struggling to stay afloat, this is an interesting move on the part of the LDS Church. But despite my tongue-in-cheek headline above, I do think it’s a good thing. I expect we may hear some harsh criticisms from other quarters.