Three approaches I can pass on for your commentary. Two are described in this CNS news brief, and the third is from my own diocese.
Seattle WA: Quoting increased printing and postage costs, the Bishop Brunett reduces the Catholic Northwest Progress from weekly to every two weeks. (As an aside, with a name like that, I can see why Seattle conservatives have their alternate press organ.)
Alexandria LA: Bishop Herzog cranks up the presses in Louisiana: twelve hundred paid subscriptions are now 16,500 freebies.
Kansas City-St Joseph MO: Parishes subsidize the Catholic Key. We’re mandated to have a subscription base equivalent to a bit more than one-third of our registered parishioners. Whatever shortfall between private subscriptions and that percentage is covered in the parish budget.
On the other hand, you have to wonder about publications that only remain afloat through subsidization.
Disclosures: My wife and I do have a Key subscription, and we do read most of it. But when done with it, it heads to the bunnies’ litter boxes. (Don’t tell her I said that in public, though.)