Both newspapers in Utah’s capital print final daily editions

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City’s two major newspapers have printed daily editions for more than a century, but now the presses will only be whirring once a week as they join other news organisations nationwide in shifting their focus online to stay afloat.

The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News printed their final daily newspapers on Thursday as they joined others like the Tampa Bay Times and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that made the same decision in response to declining print and circulation revenues that have upended the industry and led to a new era of journalism.

The Tribune, which won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting in 2017, will continue to publish breaking stories online every day but do only one print newspaper each week on Sunday. The newspaper had printed daily for 149 years.

The Deseret News will also post news stories daily on its website, print one newspaper every weekend and also offer a monthly magazine, which will debut in January. The newspaper had printed papers daily throughout its 170-year history.

The newspapers announced they would stop printing daily in October. The Tribune’s new weekly publication is expected to showcase the reporters’ best enterprise work and in-depth stories, as well as obituaries and expanded editorial content.

The presses begin rolling as the last daily edition of the Deseret News is printed at the MediaOne building in West Valley City, Utah. PHOTO: AP

“It won’t be exactly the same. And we hope you think it is better,” the paper wrote in a statement. “We assure you that our commitment to the news hasn’t wavered.”

The decision came after two recent ownership changes: the paper was purchased in 2016 by Paul Huntsman, son of the late billionaire industrialist Jon Huntsman Sr and brother to former United States (US)-Russia Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr.

Last year, Paul Huntsman shepherded the Tribune into becoming a non-profit in hopes of ensuring its long-term viability amid declining newspaper revenues nationwide.

He cited continued declines and economic upheaval related to the coronavirus pandemic when he announced the decision to newsroom staffers, calling it a painful but necessary concession.