Digital First newspaper to reduce print frequency

Digital First Media | The Oneida Daily Dispatch
The Oneida (N.Y.) Daily Dispatch will print three days a week beginning next month, owner Digital First Media announced Wednesday.

As is customary with such announcements, DFM promises “expanded online, mobile and electronic offerings” for Daily Dispatch readers. The paper says no staff reductions are planned.

The paper will print Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Previously, the paper printed only Monday through Saturday. The Sunday edition will feature “a complete print redesign,” the release says, including an “expanded local news and features sections, an easy-to-read ‘Start Your Day Here’ feature that includes national and world news digests, as well as multi-day comics, puzzles and horoscope sections.”

According to the Alliance for Audited Media, the Daily Dispatch’s average Monday-Saturday circulation rose 10 percent from September 2011 to September 2012, going from 5,967 to 6,599.

Last summer DFM CEO John Paton expressed some admiration for Advance’s decision to reduce print frequency at the Times-Picayune: “I support them because their industry is my industry and it will not survive without dramatic, difficult and bloody change,” he said. Paton told Poynter’s Rick Edmonds he would likely reduce print frequency at some of the company’s 20 dailies in 2013.

DFM operates former MediaNews properties as well as the Journal Register Company, which declared bankruptcy last year. The Daily Dispatch is a JRC paper.

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