Virginians are in for big changes in print news
Media mogul Ted Turner predicted in the mid-2000s that print newspapers would be out of business in a decade. Turner was mostly dismissed at the time but he was obviously on to something. While daily print news is still around there have been some drastic changes. In Virginia, six popular newspapers are cutting back from 7 days a week to 3 and it's causing alarm. Cardinal News is reporting that beginning June 27 the following changes will take place.
The Bristol Herald Courier, The (Charlottesville) Daily Progress, the (Culpeper) Star-Exponent, the (Danville) Register & Bee, the Martinsville Bulletin, and The (Waynesboro) News Virginian will publish “expanded” print editions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and will deliver them by postal mail rather than using traditional newspaper carriers, according to the newspapers’ announcements.
Virginians know change is constant
Older adults who grew up reading a daily paper in the Commonwealth have already made adjustments to changing times and shifting ti online publications. There are also some papers that used to be free but now charge to read their online content like The Washington Post and locally The Roanoke Times. The question is whether downsizing from a full week to 3 days is signaling the eventual demise of daily print news-only time will tell for certain.
The 3-day print editions are promising more content than they had when they were offered 7 days a week. The representative for the newspapers told Cardinal News the papers will include comics and puzzles from each day of the 7 days of the week in the three print editions adding every 'print day' will be a Sunday experience alluding to the fact that Sunday papers are more than twice the size of the weekday news and filled with more information and options.
The three print days, the E-Editions — digital replicas of the print editions — will mirror the print newspapers, and on the non-print days, the E-Editions will present “a condensed version of our traditional daily news report,” the newspapers said personalities and profiles, sports stories that take you beyond the results of the game and a deeper look at the businesses and market leaders in our community and the world around us,”