Wednesday August 29, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- News papers in Harrisburg, Pa., and Syracuse, N.Y., announced Tuesday they will switch to a three-days-a-week publication schedule in January as their corporate owner continues its shift away from daily printed papers.

At the Post-Standard of Syracuse, editor and publisher Stephen Rogers told employees that newspapers’ economic model has become unviable. The Post-Standard will publish on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

"If we simply maintain the status quo, if we continue to do just what we have been doing -- no matter how well we do it -- The Post-Standard would face extinction in a matter of years," Rogers said.

At The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, which won a Pulitzer Prize earlier this year, there will be an expansion of around-the-clock news coverage online, said publisher John Kirkpatrick.

"We are not making this move lightly," Kirkpatrick wrote in an email announcing the decision. "We understand how important the daily print paper is to a large number of people in our region."

The two newspapers are owned by Advance Publications Inc. Four other Advance newspapers, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans and the three largest papers in Alabama, said in June that they were switching to three-times-a-week publication.

Those changes were accompanied by hundreds of layoffs.