Cortland Standard Closely Watching Changes at Syracuse Post Standard
In spite of the announcement by the Syracuse Post Standard that they will reduce home delivery of its newspaper to three days a week next year and move toward a digital online edition of the paper, the Cortland Standard Newspaper says it will continue its current operations as is.
Yesterday, the Post Standard stunned readers and employees when it announced the sweeping overhaul that not only includes a reduction in home deliveries, but a downsizing of the paper itself. The printed versions will still publish everyday, but on the four of those days it will be smaller and available only at newsstands in Onondaga County.
The newspapers management has cited the growing number of readers who choose to receive their news via the computer rather than the traditional printed-paper.
The newsroom spoke with Cortland Standard Publisher Kevin Howe and General Manager Evan Geibel following yesterday’s announcement.
The Cortland Standard publishes six days a week and has a limited number of articles available at it’s website.
Geibel says they are watching the Post Standards move, but will not be making any abrupt changes unless those changes make sense financially for the Cortland newspaper.
Several newspapers have found themselves having to revamp and make structural changes in the face of the growing digital news movement. Gannett Newspapers, which publish the Ithaca Journal and the Press and Sun Bulletin in Binghamton, have gone to paid on-line subscriptions, but still publish six days a week. Other newspapers have abandoned the printed page in favor of bolstering their on-line presence; the Cortland Standard has resisted the trend despite calls from the community to offer more digital access.
The Cortland standard isn’t the only local business watching the changes; Cortland City Councilman John Bennett makes his living delivering the Syracuse paper. Bennett says the announcement caught him by surprise.
Bennett was unsure what the financial impacts would be on his delivery business.
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