Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Harrisburg newspaper cutting back to 3 days a week

Patriot-News drops daily publication

Harrisburg newspaper cutting back to 3 days a week

The Newhouse family's Advance newspaper chain will stop daily publication of its Harrisburg Patriot-News, the company says here. Excerpt:

"The Patriot-News will change its print schedule to three days a week beginning in January 2013. At the same time, the organization will intensify its online and digital news-gathering efforts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"The newspaper will continue to publish on Sundays. The other two days of publication will be determined after gathering input from readers and advertisers.

"PA Media Group will offer larger newspapers on the three days it publishes — each on the scale of the current Sunday editions — and include many of the sections and features readers have come to expect from The Patriot-News."

Newhouse (the family also controls the Conde Nast magazines) previously announced similar cuts at its New Orleans Times-Picayune. The chain also owns the Newark Star-Ledger, Gloucester County Times, Trenton Times, Express-Times of Easton, among others. 

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