The Birmingham News will be distributing newspapers just three days a week this Fall. They'll go out Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays.
The Birmingham News will soon hit newsstands and door steps just 3 times a week. It's disappointment for many who've spent their whole life, every day, thumbing through it's pages.Ezell Crenshaw says "I like reading the paper by picking up a cup of coffee and sitting back eating a donut." But times are changing and the changes at the Birmingham News are the direct result of fewer subscriptions. Dr. Bernie Ankney, a Journalism Professor at Samford University says, "You're not seeing 20 and 30 year olds picking up the paper and reading that's why newspapers are being forced to go to an online mode or printing 3 day."Marie Duff agrees saying "typically dealing with the newspaper, they're a little outdated. The Internet normally get things faster. President of Al.com Cindy Martin says "We've really got to change our business to keep and stay ahead of the consumer media habits." That's why.. The Alabama Media Group will now publish the Birmingham News on paper and on-line. Papers will be more robust and there will be more online material. Birmingham news executives say it's about re-inventing from a print model to a digital model.
Birmingham News President and Publisher, Pam Siddal says "At the end of the day, this is not the economy, it's about being strategic in our mission, or journalistic mission in what we provide in terms of news and information."And while change might be hard for some, the company believes it's the right direction to go.
Siddal says changes will impact employees, but it's not know right now how many.