The Globe Gazette will switch to a six-day weekly publication schedule and publish Tuesday through Sunday starting in September, Publisher Roy Biondi announced Thursday.
“This is not going to change how we cover North Iowa or how much we cover North Iowa,” Biondi said. “The news product is evolving, but we will always be there for our customers, wherever that takes us in the future.”
Coverage of key events and breaking news that would typically appear in the Monday edition will still be available online and will be re-purposed for the Tuesday edition, according to Editor David Mayberry. He added that obituaries and funeral information will also be updated as needed.
The number of pages devoted to the Tuesday and Sunday editions will increase. John Skipper’s weekly column on the Opinion page and the Health & Fitness page, both published on Mondays, will move to one of those editions. Answers to the Globe’s puzzles that appear in Monday editions will be published on Tuesdays.
“Our North Iowa neighbors count on us to give them relevant news and information on a daily basis, in print and online,” Mayberry said. “We’ll continue to be that leader, and we have plans to improve our products, as well.”
Following the change, the Globe Gazette will be one of seven six-day publications in Iowa. The group includes communities far larger than Mason City, such as Waterloo, Iowa City and Council Bluffs.
A bulk of the state’s daily publications publish five days per week.
The decision follows an industry trend for newspapers, as publishers follow readers’ and advertisers’ interest toward online news and information. At the same time, newspapers are adding online content that can be utilized around the clock.
“Our desktop, mobile and app audiences continue to show strong growth and reach record audiences, and we’re excited about their future opportunities for readers and advertisers,” Biondi said.
Nationally, major metro publications in Detroit, Cleveland and New Orleans have curtailed their publication schedules, as well, some as few as three publication days per week.
Since the Globe Gazette doesn’t publish on holidays, the final Monday edition will be printed on Aug. 29.
Office hours will remain the same – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.