The fun in the Wellington Daily News (I assume the name will change) announcement is how it is twisted to make it sound like this is the best thing that ever happened. The newspaper is owned by GateHouse Media, the same company that owns The Carthage Press, Neosho Daily News, and Pittsburg Morning Sun in this area:
Stephen Wade, Group Publisher for Kansas for The Wellington Daily News’ parent company, Gatehouse Media, says it’s not a matter of lost revenue, but lost opportunity that has brought about the change.
"This is an exciting opportunity for your newspaper and this community. We believe this will demonstrate that Wellington is a progressive town ready to leap ahead. We noticed last fall how eager this town was to embrace Twitter during the disappointing lottery commission hearings. That spoke loudly and positively about Wellington." said Wade.
With two publications gone a week, reporters will have more time to produce stories, photos, video and more of what readers want.
"Our readers will have access to continually updated news every day.
You will see us using more video and social media." Wade said.
Moving more news to the web is a trend driven by the readers themselves, Wade said, though some are sure to be upset by the news.
"Some will likely try to turn this into a negative. That cannot be farther from the truth. We opened a new newspaper in Andover earlier this year utilizing this format. We wanted to try it and test it. The Andover American has been warmly received in that community, and I believe that model works in Wellington." said Wade.