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Journal to print five days a week

Community paper will cut Monday edition
By: Journal Staff Report
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The Auburn Journal will no longer print its Monday edition effective April 30.
The community newspaper will move to a five day a week print schedule on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday and will focus on updating the website more frequently each day of the week.

The decision is a combination of a cost savings move and a way to use the staff and resources available to improve and expand the content the publication can print and deliver online for the community.

“This wasn’t an easy decision to come to but we know it will help us continue to provide a quality publication focused on the Auburn community as the economy makes a slow come back,” said Publisher Todd Frantz. “We will still deliver the local content you depend on both in print and online. The content that has been printed in our Monday editions will now be added to the other days per week as well as new features and expanded coverage added to each day.”

Read Todd Frantz's column on the decision to publish five days a week here.

The economy has hit local businesses, including the Journal. The move to cut a day of the week will right size the Journal to today’s economy and should the economy improve it could always be added back at a later date, according to Frantz.

Editor Jenifer Gee said the editorial staff for the Auburn Journal will stay focused on local news and continue to devote time and resources to promoting community events and feature local people in the news.

She added that nearby Gold Country Media staff including Martha Garcia, editor of the Colfax Record, and Joyia Emard, editor of the Loomis News, will continue to work closely with Journal staff to provide news and features from outlying communities where the paper has subscribers.

“I’m very proud of the work our small, yet tight-knit staff produces on a daily basis,” Gee said. “Each of the editorial members works hard to remain connected to community news and events. And we depend on our readers to keep us updated on events happening in our community.”

Gee added that the newspaper will upload fresh content and post breaking news immediately online Mondays at auburnjournal.com.

“We will update our online readers with what they’ve missed in the news cycle from Sunday evening to Monday evening,” Gee said. “We’ll also upload new, local content on Mondays so the website has a constant flow of fresh information as it does on other days of the week.”

In addition, the Journal is rolling out a new coverage plan starting next month that will include weekly history features and monthly features on pets, the outdoors, area day trips and more. The newspaper has also launched an online video series, News Makers, during which it interviews a local leader on a topic in the news that week.

Also, every day at noon, online readers can catch up on what they’ve missed, updates to ongoing news and get a look at stories to come in the Journal’s Noon Hour Update.

“We would love to hear from our readers what they think of all the new features and what more they would like us to do both in print and on the Web,” Gee said.

“I’m really excited about the continued local coverage and our plan to bring more to our readers,” Frantz said. “This move in no way means the paper will be closing up shop. It means we are making the best use of our resources all in the name of giving readers the strong Auburn coverage they’ve come to depend on.”