Cost-cutting and outright closures continue to afflict print publishing.
For instance, The Fort Wayne (Indiana) Journal Gazette is eliminating its Sunday edition and placing that content in a new weekend edition that will appear on Saturdays.
Last Friday, the paper announced, “All of the features readers have come to expect on Sundays – exclusive enterprise reporting, stand-alone Sports, Metro, Perspective, Business, Living and Classified/Home sections – will move to the Saturday Weekend Edition, along with color comics, puzzles, advice columns and the weekly advertising insert package."
“’The decision to consolidate and remove a day of print publication was not an easy one,” Publisher Sherry Skufca acknowledged.
The announcement noted that newspapers around the country have been “dropping days of print publication because of rising production and delivery costs, along with the trend of subscribers preferring the immediacy of getting their news online."
The newspaper offers full digital subscription services.
In a separate development further east, Hearst Connecticut Media Group announced it is shifting The Register Citizen from daily to weekly publication. Founded in 1874, the publication was acquired by Hearst in 2017.
According to a statement on the paper’s website, Hearst management insisted the switch in publishing schedules came as “reader preferences continue to shift to online and industry headwinds create challenges for carrier delivery.”
Meanwhile, Newspaper Media Group abruptly closed The Hudson Reporter of weekly newspapers in New Jersey, according to nj.com.
The report says that the announcement took staff by surprise.