The coronavirus continues to have a devastating impact on America’s newspapers.
The latest case comes from the Tampa Bay Times in Florida, which announced it will temporarily produce print editions only on Sundays and Wednesdays because of a drop in advertising brought on by the virus.
The newspaper said Monday it will continue to publish an electronic version of the paper every day online.
“These extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures,” said Paul Tash, the Times’ chairman and chief executive. “What doesn’t change is our commitment to our readers and our community.”
The paper said it hopes to restore normal operations as the outbreak ends and revenues start to increase.
"In the last two weeks, retailers have canceled more than $1 million in advertising they had already scheduled," Tash said in a statement, according to USA Today. "Until ad revenues recover, we must sharply reduce the costs of producing and delivering an edition in print."
USA Today noted The Los Angeles Times is cutting back on print sections and won’t be hiring for open positions “other than those essential to keep the presses rolling and ensure distribution of the paper.”
Smaller papers are also feeling the impact.
Fox News reported The Portland Mercury in Oregon suspended its print edition.
The Union newspaper in Nevada County, California announced it will pause publication of print editions on Mondays in order to mitigate the financial impact of the virus. Print editions will continue Tuesday-Saturday.
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