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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Times-News to transition to digital distribution for Saturdays

Posted by M. C. on January 14, 2022

“Responding to continued rapid shifts toward digital news consumption, the Erie Times-News is announcing a change in print frequency starting March 5.”

Combined with yet another try at making the Erie paper about Erie by presenting fewer national columnists I am guessing this is more a response to falling revenue.

https://erietimes-pa-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=542f5748f_13482f5

Erie Times-News USA TODAY NETWORK

Responding to continued rapid shifts toward digital news consumption, the Erie Times-News is announcing a change in print frequency starting March 5.

The Times-News will cease home delivery on Saturdays and instead will provide subscribers with a full digital replica of the newspaper that day, filled with local news, advertising and features such as comics and puzzles. The new model means subscribers will get newspapers delivered to their home six days a week, with a digital newspaper available every day.

“Our commitment to local news remains steadfast, but the platforms on which people are consuming news continue to evolve. What was once solely a daily newspaper has transformed to include a digital site, mobile app, social media platforms, multimedia and more,”

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executive editor Matt Martin said. “Our print newspapers remain a vital and important part of our strategy, but we are making a change this year in response to subscriber and advertising trends.”

The Saturday digital replica, or e-edition, will have the same look and news as a printed newspaper. The digital format also offer some additional features, such as the ability to clip articles and share them with friends and family, and adjust the text size.

In addition, subscribers of the Times-News will now have access to the USA TODAY Network’s full suite of e-editions from newsgathering organizations across the country, as well as ad-free access to the USA TODAY Crossword puzzle. The Times-News is part of the USA TODAY Network, and the change being announced Wednesday also is taking place at numerous other publications in the network.

All print subscribers of the Times-News have full digital access, meaning they have the ability to read news updates throughout the day and enjoy subscriber- only stories and video features, among other benefits. Subscribers also have 24/7 access to obituaries, legal notices and classifieds on our website, GoErie.com.

News and sales staffing at the Times-News will not change as a result of this. However, those staffs will be even better aligned toward digital news delivery.

Delivery times for the other days of the week will remain unchanged.

The Times-News has been part of the Erie community since 1888, when the first edition of the Erie Daily Times was published. Since then the Times-News has continually evolved, including launching the region’s leading news web site, GoErie.com, more than 25 years ago.

“We will continue to strategically evolve our business model, while making decisions that keep our loyal subscribers at the forefront,” Martin said. “Our newspaper is a vital part of the fabric of our community. Now, more than ever, it’s critical to support local news with subscriptions and advertising.”

Anyone with questions about the change can access their account at help.goerie.com or call customer service at 800-352-0043.

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