SaltWire Community will stop publishing print newspapers on Mondays.
The Atlantic Canadian media firm introduced the transfer in a information launch issued Monday, Oct. 3. 4 day by day information publications are impacted — The Chronicle Herald in Halifax, The Cape Breton Publish in Sydney, N.S., The Guardian in Charlottetown, P.E.I., and The Telegram in St. John’s.
The announcement takes impact on Oct. 17, however as prior to now, there will probably be no print publication on Thanksgiving Monday.
SaltWire chief working officer Ian Scott cited a number of elements within the firm’s resolution to make the change, together with inflation impacting print operations and the rising gasoline prices which have impacted transportation and supply.
“We’re responding to the market demand for the way and the place individuals wish to see their content material,” Scott mentioned, including Monday print editions had the bottom circulation and generated the least quantity of promoting income.
Whereas the transfer will decrease bills for the corporate, Scott factors out it is not going to affect newsroom staffing ranges on the 4 publications.
“If something,” he mentioned, “it will allow us to focus extra on the content material, per se, and fewer on the costliest channel for distribution that we’ve, which is, after all, print and bodily distribution.”
Whereas readers accustomed to holding a bodily Monday newspaper of their arms will now not have the option to take action, the 4 publications will proceed to supply digital editions on Mondays that includes native tales, opinion items and different content material.
SaltWire additionally plans to broaden the weekend version for its day by day papers. Scott characterised this as a approach to lengthen the shelf lifetime of these papers.
“What we’re seeking to do is to broaden the Saturday (paper) with some added puzzles and comedian strips and issues of that nature, so the reader who chooses both to purchase it on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday could have a chance to choose it up and have one thing extra than simply at present’s customary weekend version.”
SaltWire will proceed to supply limitless digital entry to members by way of SaltWire.com and cellular apps.
“Our mission is to impress thought and motion — to enhance communities throughout Atlantic Canada,” mentioned Scott.
“We’re persevering with to try this. We’re merely taking a kind of very costly channels and turning it right into a give attention to the content material, which is our core product … Our core content material is our journalism. That is what we’re centered on.”
In keeping with a Canada Heritage background doc on the federal authorities’s On-line Information Act launched in April 2022, 450 information shops closed within the nation from 2008 to 2021. Shoppers of reports have largely shifted over that point from print media to on-line, with the identical doc reporting 78 per cent of Canadians now entry information on-line.
That is the primary change to print publishing days for The Telegram since September 2008, when it ceased producing the Sunday version of the paper. The Chronicle Herald stopped publishing a bodily Sunday newspaper in April 2013.