TAYLOR COUNTY—As many of the residents in Taylor County have heard, the Mountain Statesman newspaper’s publications dates have changed.
The paper is now published on Wednesdays and Saturdays, to better serve readers and subscribers.
Publisher James Austin stated that he is committed to local journalism and ensuring the long-term success of the Mountain Stateman.
“The change will bring a better printed community paper,” he said.
Although the paper will be published on two days instead of three, readers will not be missing out on any content. In fact, each of the papers will boast more content and stories.
“We will still be offering coverage of local events and organizations, but our readers will notice an increase in sports coverage, especially of Friday night sports,” said Editor Nicki Skinner.
In addition, with having a Saturday publication, advertisers will be more likely to add inserts.
Austin shared that he will be working with both local and national advertisers to bring our readers more value by having an expanded and larger weekend paper.
The newspaper industry is being face with the digital age, and with that comes changes for small, local papers. The decision was made to try and keep local, area, state and national news available for newspaper supporters.
However, the Mountain Statesman will also be using their digital platforms to help bring information to readers in a timelier manner.
“We will be able to provide more timely information by better utilizing our digital offering, www.mountainstatesman.com,” Austin revealed.
To better notify residents of funeral and memorial services, the staff of the Mountain Statesman will be updating the website daily.
“We will upload obituaries and funeral announcements to our website as we get them,” Skinner shared. “For example, if we receive an obituary on Monday, it will go up on the web on Monday and then be featured in Wednesday’s publication. Those obituaries will also be shared on our Facebook.”
In addition, the website will also be used when an event occurs, if there is breaking news or if there is time sensitive material that needs put out to the community before one of the publication dates.
“We will be offering online only subscriptions for our readers, so that they can access our website beyond the paywall, which will contain the most up-to-date information,” Skinner revealed. “The website will be updated daily to include new stories.”
According to Austin, the online subscription will only cost clients $78 for an entire year. However, he is offering a sale during the month of January for only $49 for the year.
As always, each paper subscription comes with an online subscription, which includes not only the e-editions but will also allow readers access to all of the stories featured in the paper and some that are not.
Through the website, subscribers will also have access to any story and obituary that has been featured on the site, as well advertising from area businesses.
In addition, the staff of the Mountain Statesman would like to announce that they will be closing their offices early on Fridays. The office will be open Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
“We know that change can cause worry or be troublesome at first, but we are asking that our readers and subscribers stick with us through this transition. Give the two-day-a-week paper a try and hopefully you will like what you see,” said Skinner.
As always, the staff of the paper is open to suggestions from their readers on what they would like to see on the pages.
“We appreciate your continued support of your local hometown newspaper. Without the support of the community, we would be unable to sustain our business,” Skinner imparted.
If you have any questions, please call the office at 304-265-3333.