If there’s any County in North Carolina that needs more news coverage it’s Union. So I am encouraged by the story in today’s Enquirer Journal detailing the changes slated for next month.
Enquirer Journal has always been Monroe’s local newspaper. In years past they tried to expand into Indian Trail and Waxhaw with separate publications. Unfortunately, neither publication proved economical.
This just follows a national pattern, traditional media across the country is under great pressure as readership habits and the Internet news sources have eroded their paying subscribers.
The EJ article announced that they were going to drop Associated Press national and state stories from their content. I’m sure that will be a cost savings to say the least, but state stories are very important to the County. Hopefully they’ll find another source.
The other surprise, at least me, is the reduction of the print paper publication to three days a week, Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. With their revamped website, including mobile and tablet formatting, they should be able to bridge the content gap easily, though I wonder if the lack of print advertising will adversely affect their revenue.
The Enquirer Journal is actually the County newspaper in my view. I am a fan and I’m looking forward to seeing new changes implemented.
More local news, more color coming to the Enquirer-Journal
New, more colorful local news is coming to The Enquirer-Journal.
In March, the newspaper’s content will become increasingly local with the addition of public records news such as court news, property transfers, building permits, marriage licenses and divorce decrees among other items.
To help increase the amount of locally generated information, more local columnists will be added including food, gardening, religion and community columnists.
Most local photos taken by the newspaper’s staff will be published in full color, particularly photos of local high school sports.
With an emphasis on more local content, the use of national and state stories from the Associated Press will be discontinued.
Along with the increase in local news and information, on March 3, 2013, The Enquirer-Journal will change publication of the print edition of the newspaper to Sunday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. The newspaper’s website, enquirerjournal.com, will be updated with the latest local news, including obituaries, on a daily basis.
Print edition home and mail delivery subscribers will have complete 24/7 access to The Enquirer-Journal’s website, including the e-edition, a digital replica of the print edition. In the coming months, mobile and tablet apps will be added to the ways in which The Enquirer-Journal can be read by subscribers.