SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake Tribune introduced Monday it’s going to cease printing a each day newspaper on the finish of the yr after almost 150 years and transfer to a weekly print version.
The change gained’t lead to cuts to the newsroom workers of about 65 individuals, although some can be “redeployed,” the newspaper reported. Reporters and editors will proceed to file breaking information on-line because it occurs.
The brand new publication can be delivered by mail. Almost 160 press operators, carriers and different staff will lose their jobs.
The information comes after two current possession adjustments: The paper was bought in 2016 by Paul Huntsman, son of the late billionaire industrialist Jon Huntsman Sr. and brother to former US-Russia Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr.
Final yr, Paul Huntsman shepherded the Tribune into changing into a nonprofit in hopes of guaranteeing its long-term viability amid declining newspaper revenues nationwide. He cited continued declines and financial upheaval associated to the coronavirus pandemic Monday as he introduced the choice to newsroom staffers, calling it a painful however essential concession.
“This can be a historic second within the trade, however one which displays the fact of immediately’s information consumption,” Huntsman, who stays chair of the nonprofit board, stated in a press release.
The brand new weekly publication is anticipated to be worthwhile, showcasing the reporters’ greatest enterprise work and in-depth tales, in addition to obituaries and expanded editorial content material.
“Whereas we mourn the lack of our each day print version, we eagerly embrace the chance of bringing an thrilling new weekly product to our readers’ properties,” interim Editor David Noyce stated.
The choice additionally ends a joint working settlement with the opposite main each day in Salt Lake Metropolis, the Deseret Information. It’s owned by the state’s predominant religion, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The settlement, as soon as widespread when many cities had two newspapers, had the 2 publications cooperating on printing, supply and promoting however not tales.
The Deseret Information has not introduced its future plans for print however did say in a narrative on its web site it was shedding six journalists and giving severance packages to 18 staffers in visible enhancing and gross sales departments.
The change marks the top of an period that started in 1871 when each day press runs started for the publication then known as “The Tribune & Utah Mining Gazette.” The newspaper as soon as carried a whole bunch of pages a day, thick with print promoting. It had a each day circulation of almost 200,000 subscribers in its heyday however has since plummeted to 36,000.
Newspapers scaling again printing days is an rising pattern within the trade that faces declines in promoting and circulation income, stated Rick Edmonds, a media enterprise analyst for the Poynter Institute.
The Tampa Bay Instances and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette are amongst different newspapers to have moved away from each day printed papers as the normal enterprise mannequin will get pinched, he stated.
The pattern is disappointing for longtime newspaper individuals like Edmonds even when it’s comprehensible from a enterprise perspective.
“One thing is misplaced while you don’t print day-after-day,” he stated.