CLINTON - News Media Corporation Illinois Regional Publisher Terese Almquist announced several changes for The Clinton Daily Journal planned for 2008. Starting January 8, the newspaper will publish on Tuesday’s and Friday’s, and the DeWitt County Advertiser will publish on Saturday.
“We understand that some people will be upset about the reduced days of publication,” said Almquist. “But we believe our readers and advertisers will be pleasantly surprised. Both editions will be larger with more local writing and with the lower subscription rates, we anticipate a growth in circulation.”
“NMC and the staff of the Clinton Journal have every intention of continuing to publish a quality newspaper that will serve Clinton and the surrounding communities well,” Almquist said. “We have been part of the Clinton community for nearly three decades and have enjoyed our relationship with the community.”
There are no staff reductions planned, which will enable the newsroom to cover more community events. Several new features will be added in 2008, including more local columns, specialty pages and expanded sports features.
Almquist cited increased operating costs, primarily postage and delivery and printing, as the main reasons for the change. “Our staff has worked hard to control expenses but these costs have increased dramatically over the past several years, with additional newsprint increases projected for 2008,” she said.
All unexpired subscriptions will be extended to compensate for the remaining days on an individual’s account. If any readers have questions regarding their subscription, they may call the office to see what is their new expiration date. The new circulation rate is $49 for in-county and $59 for out-of-county for one year, with six month subscriptions also available. E-edition subscriptions have also been reduced and will be extended.
Advertising rates and deadlines
Classified line rates will be reduced to reflect the publishing cycle. Deadlines for Tuesday classified ads will be Friday at
4 p.m.; Friday ads will deadline on Wednesday at 4 p.m., and the Saturday Advertiser will deadline on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Other rates and deadlines may be obtained from your Clinton Journal sales representative.
The Clinton Daily Journal will become the Clinton Journal on January 8, and the new logo appears in today’s newspaper. Effective January 1 the new Web site address will be www.theclintonjournal.com.
“We believe that there are many good things in Clinton’s future and look forward to reporting on Clinton’s many positives and continuing our relationship with the business community,” Almquist said.