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Another Daily Drops Monday Edition

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Another Daily Drops Monday Edition

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The Dispatch, a New York Times Co. daily in Lexington, N.C., will stop publishing Mondays on Sept. 1, the paper announced Thursday.

In a story by William Keesler, Dispatch Publisher Ned Cowan said the elimination would help control costs, especially in newsprint and delivery. He said the move would also likely lead to the elimination of jobs, but in a meeting with employees Wednesday he said no final decision on the number of cuts had yet been made.

"This decision to move to a five-day print newspaper was a difficult one for me and for our colleagues at The New York Times Co.," Cowan said. "But we believe it is a necessary one and not unlike changes that all newspapers and media companies are currently experiencing."

Eliminating Monday is becoming something of a trend, especially among smaller-size papers like the 10,200-circulation Dispatch.

Two small GateHouse Media Inc. dailies in Illinois last month stopped publishing Monday. …

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