The Saint Joseph News-Press will eliminate its Saturday and Wednesday print editions, effective Saturday, April 18th and Wednesday, May 6th.
The announcement was made in a letter to readers by Publisher and Editor David Bradley and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Stacey Hill. The letter says the News-Press plans to “beef up” the Sunday print edition with a carryover of key Saturday edition features as well as more puzzles and TV listings. The first combined weekend edition is to be delivered Sunday, April 19th.
A market-wide mailed product, Save NOW, will provide grocery circulars to nearly 45,000 households in the region. It is to start Wednesday, May 6th.
The News-Press will continue to publish an electronic version each day. Bradley and Hill say the eEdition is available to all print edition subscribers at no additional cost. After the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, the newspaper plans to begin subscription options for customers with limited access to digital devices that include a tablet and training from the company’s customer care team.
An announcement in February a planned print day reduction. The letter notes the reduction was originally planned for mid-year, but it is happening sooner due to a drop in advertising revenues related to the Coronavirus pandemic.
More information about the elimination of the Wednesday and Saturday print editions can be found on the FAQ section of the News-Press website.