According to officials at one GateHouse newspaper, the Moberly Monitor-Index, this is the best news its customers could ever receive:
The Moberly Monitor-Index will continue publishing a newspaper Monday through Friday, informing our readers about local news happenings within and around the Randolph County area said MMI Publisher Bob Cunningham. “The Hannibal printing facility will broaden and also have a better reproduction of color capabilities for our newspaper,” said Cunningham. “The Monitor-Index is not closing. There will also be some other content changes made that we believe will enhance the value of our daily newspaper to our readers.”So Moberly readers will now receive their afternoon newspapers at night with stale news and this is a good thing? I suppose I shouldn't be so skeptical since Cunningham explains why the reader will benefit.
In lieu of this production change, newsroom and advertising deadlines for content to publish in the daily newspaper has had to make changes to accommodate printing schedules at the Hannibal facility. Instead of a late morning deadline for news content, for example, deadlines are now more than 2 hours sooner than normal.
Another difference will be newspaper deliveries. Because the newspaper will be routed here by delivery truck from Hannibal, subscribers should expect up to a 2-hour delay of receiving their newspaper than what they have been accustomed to receiving the newspaper. Efforts are going to be made to have newspapers delivered by 6:30 p.m.
There will be more color photos publishing on Monday and Fridays, including sports. Gradually, there will be additional reader enhancements made to both the appearance and local content of newspaper as well.
More color photos and reader enhancements. With that kind of innovative thinking no wonder newspapers are thriving.
(GateHouse Media owns The Carthage Press, Neosho Daily News, Pittsburg Morning Sun, and more than 300 newspapers in the United States.)