PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is eliminating two days of print.
Starting Sept. 30, the Post-Gazette will not print on Mondays and Wednesdays, the paper said in a statement.
The statement said the paper, which is owned by Block Communications, is taking its next step in its digital transformation by eliminating two additional days of print.
In August 2018, the Post-Gazette cut Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Subscribers will get a print edition on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
“We are at a major tipping point again, with newspapers cutting back all across the county and print going away,” said Andrew Conte, founding director of the Point Park Center for Media Innovation.
Conte says the disappearance of newspapers is happening all across the county. Communities are without a newspaper.
“It’s devastating to communities,” Conte said. “Not only do they lose their news, it erodes everything else in terms of civic participation. People vote less, people are less engaged with what’s going on in the community. People are less aware of the kind of decisions their elected officials are making.”
With the Post-Gazette facing huge losses and strained labor talks with all of its unions, the shift to digital will ultimately lead to the loss of jobs.
“We were saddened when we went down to two days,” President of the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh Michael Fuoco said. “But we learned to live with it. But to cut another two days and only publish three days a week, we are crestfallen by this.”
Fuoco is not only worried about jobs. He’s worried about readers, too.
“We have a community of older people who aren’t digitally-savvy,” Fuoco said. “We won’t be reaching those people, and we feel our mission is to reach as many people as we can.”
The Post-Gazette declined to be interviewed for this story, but in a written statement said digital is the future and promised to maintain the quality of the Post-Gazette.