The digital world has finally caught up with Syracuse's daily newspaper, as the Post Standard has announced it is cutting back the number of print editions it puts out every week. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, a new business structure takes over the Syracuse Post Standard and its website Syracuse.com.
The days of waking up and finding a newspaper on your doorstep seven days a week will be gone in Central New York starting next year. A new information company called the Syracuse Media Group goes will begin bringing Syracuse residents their daily news.
Publisher Stephen Rogers says the economic model that sustained newspapers for years just doesn't work anymore. That’s led to a shift away from printed editions, towards a beefed up internet presence. "If we do nothing, we are out of business. We have to do something, and this is what we are doing."
This move doesn't surprise many media watchers, including Syracuse University Newhouse School Dean Lorraine Bradham, who saw the writing on the wall when other papers owned by New Jersey-based media company Advance Publications slashed printed editions. “When the news broke earlier this year about changes taking place at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the papers in Alabama, I figured it was just a matter of time before something similar happened here."
Outside of Onondaga County, the printed edition of the paper will only be available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.