The Albia Newspapers will temporarily reduce its publication from twice each week on Tuesday and Thursday to once a week (on Tuesday) beginning next week. Because of the devastating effect of the Coronavirus on retail business, trickling down to community newspapers, the U.S. Postal Service has temporarily lifted its rules regarding the need for weekly newspapers to publish 52 weeks a year.
“We are considered essential services in disseminating news and advertising information to Americans,” said Albia Newspapers Publisher Dave Paxton. “And the federal government and U.S. Postal Service recognize the trouble newspapers will face if they can’t cut costs.”
The Albia Newspapers (Monroe County News and Albia Union-Republican) is one of the few remaining twin weeklies in Iowa.
The elements of both newspapers will be combined so readers won’t miss the things they like. The Tuesday publication date was chosen because of retail business needs.
“People might worry about how current the news is, and in fact we may do more feature style writing and then use our website (www.albianews.com) and our Facebook page to keep stories and advertising more timely.
Another concern subscribers may have is paying for two newspapers, but getting just one each week. The numbers of pages readers will have won’t be reduced that much, if any. Our savings will be in postage and efficiency. Our promise is that we will be fair to our loyal readers.