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Latest newspapers dropping print editions

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Mr. X, Jan 3, 2020.

  1. Mr. X

    Mr. X Member

  2. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    Two things I found interesting in the article.

    1. 70% of the print subscribers to the Maine papers have not signed up for any electronic product.

    2. The Maine papers also distribute the national papers such as the NYT, etc. The executive quoted said that the national publishers will have to either wait until Tuesday and get two papers delivered to homes or pay the entire cost of the distributors to deliver on Monday. These smaller papers dropping seven day service will probably mean the end of national home delivery for the NYT and the WSJ.

    Also, has every McClatchy paper stopped or is planning to stop Saturday delivery or does the chain have some holdouts who will continue to publish seven days a week?
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Too bad, though at least they aren’t eliminating newsroom jobs along with it. Back in the day I worked with someone who now works at one of those papers. He regularly posts link to the tremendous work they do there.
  4. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    All McClatchy papers will eventually drop Saturday print (although "print pages" are still being built as part of the eEdition).

    Kansas City and Miami will be the last wave in mid-March. Charlotte, Bradenton, Fort Worth, Raleigh and Sacramento some time before that.
  5. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    It will be interesting to see what the revenue drops will be for McClatchy as compared to Gannett/Gatehouse and Lee, which as far as I know, have not reduced printing frequemcy.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2020
  6. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    Gannett/GateHouse is now adding an "online extra" component to its e-editions. It's 10-12 "pages" of wire stories. I'm not sure if that's a new thing or existed before the merger in some other form. I'm thinking that won't move the needle for subscribers.
  7. Equalizer

    Equalizer New Member

    GH was doing this in my last few months there.
  8. Raven

    Raven Well-Known Member

    Who still reads newspaper "e-editions"?
  9. SFIND

    SFIND Well-Known Member

    Is there a bigger waste of time and resources than this? I don't have access to analytics of e-editions for our chain but I've been told these extra sections are largely ignored.

    Anecdotally I've yet to talk to anyone (whether they read ours or another company's paper) that reads these extra sections.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2020
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  10. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    I always forget the e-edition is part of my digital subscriptions. It’s a transitional product meant to ease in readers who aren’t used to having to scroll to find stories — and also exposes the existential weakness of digital news presentation, which is making the reader scroll to find poorly categorized stories. If news websites were better, there would be no need for a digital replica of the print edition.
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  11. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    I wonder how long if McClatchy will eventually drop them. Does Newhouse, which at most of their locations only offers home delivery three or four times a week, still produce e-editions?
  12. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    The thing about the eEdition: It still follows the regular print deadline (give or take 15 minutes), even on the nights when no physical paper goes to press.
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