Thursday, July 31, 2008

How long will Carthage Press have a Monday newspaper?

With more than 60 percent of its daily circulation vanishing over the past decade, how long will it be before The Carthage Press stops being a six-day a week newspaper and trims down to five or even less?

GateHouse Media has already eliminated Monday editions at two of its Illinois properties, according a story posted today on the Editor & Publisher website:

Eliminating Monday is becoming something of a trend, especially among smaller-size papers like the 10,200-circulation Dispatch.

Two small GateHouse Media Inc. dailies in Illinois last month stopped publishing Monday. Newsprint costs that are up 45% from last year plus rising gasoline costs convinced the 3,100-circulation Daily Review Atlas in Monmouth, Ill., to make the move, General Manager Tony Scott said in a note to readers. The nearby Kewanee (Ill.) Star Courier also dropped Mondays.

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