Responding to the rapid and continuing changes towards digital news consumption, the Erie Times-News announces a change in the frequency of print delivery from March 5.
The Times-News will cease door-to-door delivery on Saturdays and instead provide subscribers with a full digital replica of the newspaper that day, filled with local news, advertisements, and features like comics and puzzles. The new model means that subscribers will receive newspapers at home six days a week, with a digital newspaper available every day.
“Our commitment to local news remains unwavering, but the platforms on which people consume news continue to evolve. What was once a daily newspaper has transformed to include a digital site, mobile app, social media platforms, multimedia and more, ”said editor Matt Martin. “Our print newspapers remain a vital and important part of our strategy, but we’re making a change this year in response to subscriber and advertising trends. ”
The digital Saturday replica, or electronic edition, will look and feel the same as a printed newspaper. The digital format also offers additional features, such as the ability to cut articles and share them with your friends and family, and adjust the text size.
In addition, Times-News subscribers will now have access to the full suite of electronic editions of the USA TODAY Network of news gathering 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 announced Wednesday is also happening in many other network publications.
All Times-News print subscribers have full digital access, which means they have the ability to read updates throughout the day and enjoy subscriber-only articles and video features, between other advantages. Subscribers also have 24/7 access to obituaries, legal notices and classifieds on our website, GoErie.com.
The Times-News’s news and sales staff will not change accordingly. However, these teams will be even better aligned with delivering digital news.
The delivery times for the other days of the week will remain unchanged.
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The Times-News has been part of the Erie community since 1888, when the first edition of the Erie Daily Times was published. The Times-News has continued to evolve since then, including the launch of the region’s leading news website, GoErie.com, over 25 years ago.
“We will continue to strategically evolve our business model, while making decisions that keep our loyal subscribers front and center,” said Martin. “Our journal is a vital part of the fabric of our community. Now more than ever, it’s essential 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.