The beleaguered newspaper chain is converting the Dedham Daily News Transcript in Massachusetts into a weekly. The announcement was made during the same week that GateHouse sold the Kansas City Kansan to one of its reporters.
The Kansan was another GateHouse Daily that bit the dust and was converted into an internet-only publication.
The following passage comes from the Daily News Transcript's announcement of its demise:
The new strategy "will strengthen our local support of your local news," Reibman, the publisher, said. "By focusing on our weeklies, we can deliver a more complete, better-organized local newspaper."
The newspapers in all four towns will print once per week, but they will publish local news, features and other items on their Wicked Local Web sites every day.
This should work about as well as the rest of GateHouse Media's internet strategy.