As the Joplin Globe's Sunday edition proved, if the venerable newspaper is at the top of its game (and the Globe was close, though not quite there), the Daily may have to settle for a niche as a feel-good addition, an extra read for those who still enjoy the Sunday newspaper habit.
The latest print edition of the Daily (which I picked up at the 15th Street Wal-Mart, since once again my area of town was not selected for delivery) was a pleasant read, but nothing really stood out.
The sports pages were down to a more realistic three and the writing and photos were serviceable.
The non-sports coverage, on the other hand, was professionally done, but nothing that would really have people talking around the water cooler today.
I would guess that traffic is increasing for the Daily's website and that was the stated goal in the first place. The website has broken some stories, including being the first, by one hour, to release the unfortunate information that International Paper in Joplin was going to close costing 48 people their jobs. The Turner Report had the item second, posting an hour later when I had my lunch break, while the Globe was three hours behind the Daily, an eternity in these days of up-to-date information.