Salt Lake Tribune to end daily print edition, jointly separates with Deseret News

The media is dying.  This old newspaper in Salt Lake City shows that the public—whether it is in New York or Los Angeles, does not care for the mainstream media.

“”With the rise of digital distribution of news, and with an increasing number of readers now getting their news primarily online, the two newspapers independently determined to let the JOA expire at the end of its term, on December 31 of this year. Each newspaper has developed its own strategy for independent operations outside the JOA, including meeting its print needs and moving forward independently in today’s new environment,” the news organizations said in a release.

“In a historic change, The Salt Lake Tribune will stop printing and delivering a daily edition at year’s end and switch to a weekly printed newspaper delivered by mail,” reporter Tony Semerad wrote for the Salt Lake Tribune.

Maybe if the mainstream media stopped censuring the news and stopped sounding like Pravda or the Havana Times, we would even care.

Salt Lake Tribune to end daily print edition, jointly separates with Deseret News

by Larry D. Curtis, KUTV,  10/26/20

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — The Salt Lake Tribune will no longer print a daily newspaper and in a joint announcement with the Deseret News said the two newspapers will no longer operate under a profit-sharing partnership that lasted 68 years.

The Tribune and Deseret News shared the printing and distribution expenses of two daily newspapers in Salt Lake City. The joint operating agreement, or JOA, that expires at the end of the year will not be renewed. The Deseret News also laid off at least two employees Monday, one a 26-year news veteran.

“With the rise of digital distribution of news, and with an increasing number of readers now getting their news primarily online, the two newspapers independently determined to let the JOA expire at the end of its term, on December 31 of this year. Each newspaper has developed its own strategy for independent operations outside the JOA, including meeting its print needs and moving forward independently in today’s new environment,” the news organizations said in a release.

“In a historic change, The Salt Lake Tribune will stop printing and delivering a daily edition at year’s end and switch to a weekly printed newspaper delivered by mail,” reporter Tony Semerad wrote for the Salt Lake Tribune.

The Tribune, a nonprofit, said the move will not diminish its journalism and its full-time newsroom staff “of about 65 would not be cut due to the decision, though some will be redeployed. Nor will its approach to breaking news change.”

“Demand for a printed newspaper is a fraction of what it was historically, while digital content and distribution is everywhere, and our clients can get their papers printed in a cost-effective way without owning their own presses,” Brent Low, President and CEO of Utah Media Group that manages the newspaper printing facility said.

As The Tribune moves forward, our commitment to our readers is unchanged: to provide reliable and informative news, analysis, and commentary to our readers,” says The Salt Lake Tribune Chairman, Paul Huntsman. He called the Deseret News an “outstanding and constructive partner” in the JOA.

Before the Huntsmans took over, the JOA was renegotiated in 2013. Deseret News gained voting control of the agency that ran business functions in exchange for buying the Tribune’s presses with cash. Dnews flipped its share of profits from 42 to 70 percent, according to the Poynter, despite having a larger daily subscription. Deseret Digital was part of a host of digital products owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that included KSL.com, with a digital classified advertising arm that was free, taking away much of the classified revenue of the two daily newspapers and even owning the market against classified giant Craigslist.

“With this change we can continue our focus on great journalism, serving our readers and growing our digital audiences across Utah and beyond,” Deseret News publisher Jeff Simpson said.

Newspaper subscribers will still get newspapers printed and delivered by The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News independently, according to the joint release. The newspapers will no longer share advertising or administrative functions.

The joint operating agreement started in 1952 and was enshrined under the Newspaper Preservation Act, passed by Congress in 1970.

“The weekly print edition will become a showcase for The Tribune’s best enterprise work and in-depth coverage of politics, religion, business, sports, arts and culture. Its once-weekly pages will carry stories from The New York Times, The Associated Press, and other news services, along with obituaries and other Sunday features,” the Tribune said.

The Salt Lake Tribune was founded in 1870 “by three businessmen estranged from the LDS Church. It was called the Mormon Tribune for its first year,” according to an article on its history. It changed its name a year later. In 1873 it was turned into a “anti-Mormon” paper but was purchased by the Kearns family in 1901 and sold in 1997 in a stock sale, expecting to buy it back. The parent company was sold, lawsuits were triggered and the Tribune ended up as a nonprofit, community owned paper.

The Deseret News is part of a family of publications owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the weekly Church News that seeks a world wide LDS audience. It shares some content and resources with KSL’s online news.

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Comments

  1. Honest reporting and at least once a week in depth reporting is almost gone.

    What is sad is it means honest news with facts is dying. Look at what is happening when a news story happens…the first thing is the cell phone junkies wanting a “news flash” ….

    To heck if it is fair or accurate.

    How about that ….. flash …. reporters are dead and prejudiced “managed” news it the result.

    I love the question asked yesterday, “can you name one person on the Left who has been banned from twitter or face book.”

    The bigots of the Left could not answer that …….

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