In response to readers’ rapid shift to consuming digital news, The Ames Tribune will change its print publishing schedule from July to three days a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.
Tribune Editor-in-Chief Gage Church noted that the Tribune press team will continue to cover daily news from Ames, Story County and the surrounding area, delivered via the amestrib.com website, the social media and email newsletters.
The predecessors of the Tribune, owned by Gannett and part of the USA Today network, date back to 1868. This change will allow the staff of the Tribune to continue its legacy of serving the Ames community but better meet the needs of readers who interact from more and more with the content of the Tribune. online, Church said.
“This decision is a response to ongoing changes in the way people consume information,” he said. “We champion the importance of local journalism and are proud to continue to provide information that Ames area readers want and need about city and county government, schools, business , entertainment, preparatory sports, and Iowa State University and its sports teams.”
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Subscription rates will be reduced for most seven-day home delivery customers. Details will be available in a letter arriving in early June.
“We appreciate the deep loyalty of our long-time print subscribers,” Church said. “Our print newspaper remains an important part of our business strategy while at the same time responding to changing reader habits.”
Shannon Welch, who oversees ad sales in Iowa, said the changes will serve readers and advertisers.
“Our sales managers look forward to continuing to support advertisers in the Ames area with our print publications and digital marketing solutions to help them grow their customer base,” he said.
The press team will step up efforts on more robust digital offerings, Church said.
Already, Tribune’s Daily Briefing newsletter arrives in readers’ inboxes each morning, providing top headlines to start the day and a link to access the e-Edition, a digital replica of the newspaper available for home delivery. and digital-only subscribers. via the Tribune website.
Church encouraged Ames-area residents who are not already Tribune subscribers to consider doing so. Tribune digital subscriptions, available for an introductory $1 offer for six months, provide access to subscriber-only stories, videos and more.
All subscribers to the print version of Tribune receive full access to all digital content. And all subscribers, whether digital only or also home delivery, have 24-hour access to death notices, legal notices and classified ads on the Tribune website.
As part of this transition, the Tribune has made several upgrades to its electronic edition, which gives readers the familiar experience of turning the pages of print. Subscribers can read and browse the sections; clip and share items with friends and family; adjust text size; and access previous editions published in the last 30 days.
Among the new benefits:
- Subscribers now enjoy universal access to hundreds of electronic editions across the USA Today Network in cities nationwide, including the Des Moines Register, Iowa City Press-Citizen and Burlington Hawk Eye in Iowa.
- Subscribers also get ad-free, 24/7 access to the USA Today Crossword puzzle at puzzles.usatoday.com or through the USA TODAY Crossword app.
- Additionally, subscribers will continue to have access to the Nation & World Extra and Sports Extra e-Edition sections each day, providing late match results and updated news from around the world.
Subscribers can access the e-Edition by simply clicking on E-Edition in the menu at the top of the Tribune website or by visiting amestrib.com/eedition.
Final publication dates for the Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday print editions of the Tribune will be Tuesday, June 28; Thursday, June 30; and Saturday July 2.
No staff reductions are planned as part of this transition. The information and sales teams will continue their work, with a greater digital orientation.