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Wichita Eagle bails on Saturday print

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by BurnsWhenIPee, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. ondeadline

    ondeadline Active Member

    The McClatchy paper in Durham, N.C., cut the Saturday print edition one month and increased the per-copy price the next month.
  2. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    That, by definition, is not awful. You are simply being charged more for the single copies you DO buy.

    But raising the SUBSCRIPTION price --- while providing 14.7% fewer copies per week --- is bad.***

    ***Although the Friday and Sunday sections of these Saturday-less papers has been bulked up . . . a little.
  3. SFIND

    SFIND Well-Known Member

    Thank you for thorough post and suggestions.

    Yes, we do rush to get those gamer stories that staff covers in print -- the older clientele that subscribe and don't look online certainly have made it clear they don't like having to wait a day for anything, which we already do for roundups and stringer stories that we can't get in. Better to give them something in Saturday paper rather than nothing. The expanded version (or AP-like update if you will) that we do after Friday night for web goes in Sunday print if the Saturday version was nothing but nuts-and-bults with no quotes or perspective.

    We're a smaller, six-day daily -- we don't have a desk, haven't had one in a decade. Pagination hub workers are our copy editors (by job description anyway, not so much in reality). We're just happy to have any stringer budget at all and are constantly monitored and reminded to keep it down.

    Eliminating football agate is a good idea for us time-wise. You're correct, most of that info gets in roundups.
  4. SoloFlyer

    SoloFlyer Well-Known Member

    You could also just do agate instead of round-ups. That way you get more "names" in the paper and every little Johnny and Jane will have happy grandparents.

    I hear you on the stringer budget. I think that's why it's even more imperative to constantly reevaluate what you're producing and where the available resources are going, even if it pisses some older readers off.
  5. maumann

    maumann Well-Known Member

    Take it from a person who experienced this in Florida last winter: Old people won't (or can't) read anything smaller than normal 8-point type, even with their reading glasses.

    They find it difficult to differentiate between the letters and numbers, or even worse, don't even realize there are words there. All I heard for four months was how hard it was to figure out the classifieds/crossword clues/TV listings/scoreboard pages.

    I'm guessing The Villages paper must have a large-print edition.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2019
  6. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    On a side note, we deskers used to joke about what’s would happen if papers cut pro beat writers. We’d imagine the coaches/managers calling in the game.

    “Hi, this is Joe Torre, calling in tonight’s game. Yankees 6, Red Sox 2. Derek Jeter had three hits and a double. Jason Giambi hit a home run. Jorge Posada played good defense and Alex Rodriguez worked really hard at third base.”
  7. ChrisLong

    ChrisLong Well-Known Member

    We did that, too. RING RING. This is Mike Piazza, coach Lasorda told me to call in the box score. We lost, 9-0, but we tried really hard.
  8. SoloFlyer

    SoloFlyer Well-Known Member

    "And can you guys please make sure that Giambi's name ends in an I, not a Y. The parent who typed up our roster got it wrong."
    swingline, Slacker, HanSenSE and 4 others like this.
  9. The Intelligencer and Courier Times (formerly Calkins, now owned by Gatehouse) dropped their Saturday print edition long, long ago. The high-school football stories are available on line late Friday night (there is a paywall of course) and appear in print on Sunday. There is still a Friday deadline, 10:30 or so; so it means writing a lot of stories in the car and sending them from there.

    As to agate, it all goes in Sunday's paper, save for Saturday night games that run on Monday
  10. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    McClatchy seems to be trying out six days a week at the smaller paper in a regional cluster. So if Wichita, which I would guess prints in Kansas City, is deemed a success then Kansas City will go to six days so the company can close the plant one day a week. And if Durham is a success Raleigh will quickly follow.
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  11. bpoindexter

    bpoindexter Active Member

    George Lucas on line 1. You left out Modesto.
    HanSenSE and maumann like this.
  12. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    I think this is not correct. What is deemed a success? Of course Wichita will be a success cause it saves money. There is absolutely nothing to gain circulation wise from this so yes it is already a success. So just take away Saturday now in KC and get the ball rolling. Papers need to suck it up and kill the print edition entirely.
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