Some daily newspapers are fudging on the word “daily,” notes Grumpy Editor. They are becoming six days-or-less-per-week publications.
Out of the seven days, Monday is fast becoming a “no news” day.
Some publications now print only five days a week.
Week-end happenings are being put on ice. That means no Saturday night-Sunday stories on weather, shootings, sports scores or celebrity gossip for Monday editions.
The Monday-less newspapers, with slight variations, cite it’s a way to save money during tough economic times.
Latest to scratch Monday press runs is the Statesboro (Ga.) Herald. The paper plans to combine its Monday and Tuesday editions starting Jan. 6, going to six days a week.
Among others that recently announced dumping Mondays:
· The Examiner, in Independence, Mo., goes to a Tuesday through Saturday week starting Jan. 12.
· The Daily Tribune, Royal Oak, Mich. already has become a four-days-a-week newspaper from six. It now publishes on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
· The Klamath Falls (Ore.) Herald and News cuts its Monday edition Jan. 5. Its publisher cites a “Monday on Sunday” section when “we move most of the Monday content into the Sunday paper.”
That’s a neat trick, reporting news before it happens.