Four Gannett newspapers in the Southwest announce they will be shrinking their print editions
‘The biggest change will be to breaking news and sports’ said the Las Cruces Sun-News in its front page editorial announcing the changes to the print edition
Three daily newspapers in southern New Mexico and one in El Paso, Texas, owned by Gannett, today announced that they would be making changes to their print editions, reducing their size in a shift away from print and towards digital. Papers involved are the Las Cruces Sun-News, El Paso Times, Carlsbad Current-Argus and Alamogordo Daily News, each of which became fully owned by Gannett in the summer of 2015. Prior to that, the papers were part of the Digital First Media group, with Gannett owning a minority stake in the papers.
“We will have fewer national and world stories. We will shift from four news sections to two Monday through Saturday, with four news sections on Sunday,” wrote Lilia Castillo Jones, president of the El Paso Times, and Robert Moore, editor of the paper.
“The biggest change will be to breaking news and sports,” said the Las Cruces Sun-News in a front page editorial. “Because of print deadlines, late and breaking news stories will publish online at lcsunnews.com, while we concentrate on more analytical and investigative stories for print. Sports scores and game stories will be published at lcsunnews.com/sports, very quickly after the games end.”
Other newspapers have also announced slimming down of the print newspaper in recent years, with Advance Publications, the publisher of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and New Orleans Times-Picayune, cutting back on the number of days they will home deliver the paper.
Most such announcements involve some sort of acknowledgement that many readers are now depending on the web to get breaking news.
“We remain committed to producing a quality print edition each day. We also are dedicated to producing top-notch digital content. These changes will help our journalists become more focused on serving our growing digital audience,” Jones and Moore of the El Paso Times said.