E-T Staff Report

Beginning in October, the Empire-Tribune will change to a five-day a week publishing cycle, weekdays Tuesday-Friday and Sunday.

In a meeting last week with the newspaper’s management, Rochelle Stidham, the publisher, said “the decision to eliminate the Monday edition was difficult, but necessary to keep up with the constantly changing industry. In all my years of working in this business, I have never seen the industry undergo changes like we are seeing now.”

The Monday edition afforded the newspaper’s staff the shortest amount of preparation time and consequently local news content tended to be very light. Breaking news occurring on Sundays will be available in the on-line edition Monday mornings at www.empiretribune.com.

Stidham said the change in frequency will allow the news staff to focus on local news of the community for both online and print subscribers.

“We are committed to bringing readers more comprehensive, locally developed stories in our print edition, while bringing more breaking news to our online subscribers on our Web site,” Stidham said.

Monday’s anchor features will be moved to an alternate day of the week. Club News will be moved to Sunday and Stephenville Snippets, written by area contributor Stuart Chilton, will be moved to Tuesday’s edition.

The change will not affect business hours and the Empire-Tribune office will remain open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Subscribers can log on to the E-T’s Web site at www.empiretribune.com, where they can read breaking news 24 hours a day, seven days a week.