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Paper says cut in days will increase local news


The Appalachian News-Express

in Pikeville has returned to publishing three days a week.

Publisher Jeff Vanderbeck

told the Lexington Herald-

Leader that the March 1 change wasn’t purely to cut costs but that readers wanted more local news in each edition instead of filler from elsewhere.

The paper increased from three days a week to six in 2006 but later cut back to five.

Vanderbeck says publishing less frequently will allow the staff of three news reporters, two sports staffers and a lifestyles editor to spend more time producing in-depth stories.

The Herald-Leader said the Pikeville paper’s sister publication,

the Georgetown News-

Graphic, cut back to three days a week from five in February, citing declining ad sales and costcutting.

The Kentucky Press Association reports the Appalachian News-Express’ circulation is 7,089.

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