Harrisburg Patriot-News

Harrisburg, Syracuse cuts come as print circulation slides

The decision by Advance Newspapers to cut back to three days of print publishing at the Harrisburg Patriot-News and the Syracuse Post-Standard comes amid slides in print circulation at the papers.

Recent reports from the Audit Bureau of Circulations show print sales — not counting branded and digital editions, which ABC now allows publishers to add to their print circulation — dropping pretty steeply in Harrisburg and Syracuse, while digital audiences get stronger. Read more


Patriot-News, Post-Standard will reduce print frequency to three days a week

Pennlive | Syracuse.com
The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News, which won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Penn State scandal, and The (Syracuse, N.Y.) Post-Standard are following their corporate siblings in Alabama and New Orleans to a reduced printing schedule.

Beginning in January 2013, the Patriot-News will print on Sundays and two other days that “will be determined after gathering input from readers and advertisers,” an unbylined article reports. “Further details and how these changes will affect employees, readers and advertisers will be announced over the coming weeks and months,” Syracuse’s announcement reads.

Advance executive Randy Siegel tells Poynter in an email there’s no word on layoffs yet:

Our local leadership is evaluating the needs of the two new organizations and will let employees know as soon as is possible.

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Patriot-News corrects story about Penn State law school on front page

The Patriot-News | The Sentinel | Penn State Law | Above the Law
On Thursday The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., ran a front-page correction:

The Patriot-News incorrectly reported that the Penn State Dickinson School of Law is taking measures that would close the campus in Carlisle. School officials say they intend to keep the Carlisle campus operating. Also, the story incorrectly reported that the steps could cause the Carlisle campus to lose its accreditation. The law school has campuses in Carlisle and State College, and the American Bar Association accreditation reflects the entire law school.

Thursday’s Patriot-News front page, courtesy the Newseum. Click to see larger image.

The note also perches atop the original story online. Ron Southwick, city editor at The Patriot-News, told The Sentinel’s Stacy Brown:

“We feel the bulk of the story is accurate.

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Patriot-News runs full-page A1 editorial calling for Penn State resignations

Charles Apple | Harrisburg Patriot-News
The Harrisburg Patriot-News says in a front-page editorial that Penn State University President Graham Spanier “did not do what is right — for his school or, more importantly, for the alleged victims of coaching legend Jerry Sandusky” and that he needs to resign. “By doing the absolute minimum when hearing potentially serious allegations, by doing more to protect the school’s reputation than to protect children, Spanier has lost [his] moral authority,” says the editorial board. It’s also calling for Coach Joe Paterno to leave the field after this season.

Some people will argue that Joe should step down immediately as well. Given what we know now, we don’t agree. Paterno should be allowed to finish out the year and retire with the honor and admiration he has earned since taking over as head coach in 1966.

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