PNA statement on changes announced at The Patriot-News (Harrisburg)

  • Aug 28, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (August 28, 2012) — The Patriot-News (Harrisburg), announced significant changes to its operations this morning, including the creation of PA Media Group, an increased commitment to digital news and products, and the commencement of a three-day print schedule beginning on January 1, 2013. You can read the news company’s announcement here.

Many individuals and organizations across the Commonwealth have responded to the news, and a number of have contacted the PNA for comment.

The Patriot-News, like many news organizations across the state and country, is adapting to today’s rapidly-evolving news and information marketplace. Its plans to create the PA Media Group, expand its digital presence, and begin printing three days a week in January are intended to strengthen it today and position it for the future.

Although many will undoubtedly miss the seven-day printed paper, The Patriot-News already has excellent digital products, including its e-edition, mobile and online offerings. The company’s increased emphasis on digital products and journalism will only make these products better.

PNA President, Teri Henning, said today that “No one can doubt the incredible contributions to journalism that the Patriot-News staff has made in our community and far beyond. If today’s ‘information age’ and the ability to quickly and widely spread both true and false information shows us anything, it is that we need newspapers now more than ever – and need organizations willing to invest time, money and resources into careful, credible reporting. The Patriot-News is such an organization, and we are confident that it will continue to serve the greater Harrisburg area with high-quality journalism for many years to come.”

The PNA, founded in 1925, is the nonprofit trade association for print and online media in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to advance the interests of Pennsylvania news organizations, promote the importance of a free and independent press and provide a forum for critical and innovative thinking about the future of journalism and the newspaper industry. It has more than 300 newspaper and media members, including daily, weekly, and college newspapers and online publications.

 

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