Starting Monday, Oct. 23, The Jamestown Sun will no longer have the USA Today pages in the daily printed edition. The foundation of any printed newspaper in communities our size is to focus on local news, features and sports. By having our newspaper at an industry standard for the percent of news and advertising being carried, plus an annual contract for having USA Today pages, the combination reduced the amount of local news we prefer to carry in our newspaper. Readers didn’t like the change in our printed edition.
A phrase often quoted in the newspaper world is the newspaper is a reflection of its community. These past couple of weeks our newspaper has been both a reflection of the community, and a reflection of a balancing act of local news and advertising.