FORKED RIVER, NJ – The Forked River Gazette has shut down after serving the community for nearly 50 years. Founded in 1971, the Gazette was the local voice of the Forked River community. With businesses closed for such a long period of time during the COVID-19 pandemic, local advertising is down across most media platforms in New Jersey. In fact, our own print publication, JTOWN Magazine is still on hold because of that same reason.
The newspaper announced on April 22nd that it would no longer operate.
“Due to the corona virus pandemic and the passing of my father, The Forked River Gazette will no longer be printed,” the newspaper posted on Facebook. “Thank you for all your continued business throughout the years. I truly appreciate your support for our small business.”
The newspaper ran weekly each Thursday.
The Gazette is not the only newspaper to be in trouble. Employees within the Asbury Park Press have told Shore News Network the company had a rotating furlough that affected many of its employees back in April. Eventually, the company announced a new round of layoffs with more reportedly looming in the future.