Last week, S&P Global Market Intelligence documented how the coronavirus was hurting newspapers regardless of size or the community it served:
Over the past two weeks, dozens of local publications across the country have furloughed or laid off reporters, reduced the frequency of their publishing or dropped their print editions altogether, according to the nonprofit group PEN America, which works to protect freedom of expression. The group noted that the affected papers range from those owned as part of big, publicly traded chains to nonprofit and community outlets.
Ogden Newspapers is no exception. Last Monday, I noted the cutbacks and a move to online at Ogden-owned newspapers in Nashua (NH) and Provo (UT). Add the Parkersburg News and Sentinel to that list. Yesterday, that paper’s editor, Christina Myer, wrote:
Beginning May 9, our Sunday edition will be distributed a day early and available throughout the weekend.
Myer did spin the cutback as better serving the reading public:
No more trying to peruse the whole paper in one sitting, or use all your coupons on Sunday afternoon.
Don’t worry. You won’t miss anything. In fact, the change means an improvement to the number of local voices on our Sunday opinion pages. Our reporters will still be working hard to keep breaking news, sports and event coverage updated on our website throughout the weekend.
As I speculated last Monday, I would not be surprised at some type of cutback locally.