In the past newspapers thrived through home delivery.
At the same time many youngsters received their first employment cheques (or kept some of the cash collections) by delivering them. But those were times of no alternative media options except television. Those were also the times when people had time to relax at the end of the workday and choose which portions of the newspaper they wanted to read. The advancements (?) we have made in our society where, for example, it takes over an hour to drive home at the end of the day have robbed us of much of our free time, and reading a newspaper in that precious time has fallen down on the priorities list. My son tells me much of what I hear about what’s going on locally and all this comes off his telephone hooked to the internet. I’d say the biggest audience for newspapers these days is commuters.
Get more people onto public transit travelling long distances and the hardcopy medium will stay alive, otherwise be prepared to read your news online as long as the people who care about spreading the news can find someone to advertise on their sites because I don’t think paid online subscriptions will ever catch on.