When a newspaper announces a change to its publication schedule, it’s inevitably a reduction in print frequency.
But not this time.
Shaw Media on April 24 added a second edition, on Tuesdays, to its weekly Morris (Ill.) Herald-News. The paper has been published on Thursdays since it was converted to a weekly in 2016. The title will continue to be published online daily at MorrisHerald-News.com.
Shaw said the move came in response to reader demand and also partly as a result of its “strengthened position along the Heritage Corridor” as a result of its purchase in April of Small Newspapers’ daily Ottawa Times, said J. Tom Shaw, vice president and Illinois group publisher. The Heritage Corridor takes its name from the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area.
“Since we made the switch to a weekly publication schedule in Morris, readers have told us they like the new product but wanted to receive it more often,” Shaw said. “We see strong potential for growth in the area, and so we’re giving readers what they’ve consistently told us they want—another edition of the Morris Herald-News each week.”
In a column announcing the publication change, Herald-News Editor Kevin Solari wrote, “In the six weeks I’ve been editor here, one thing I’ve learned quickly is that people feel that a weekly paper just isn’t cutting it. We’ve heard you: You want more news, published more often.”
Sterling, Ill.-based Shaw Media now owns newspapers in four major markets along the Heritage Corridor: the Joliet Herald-News, Morris Herald-News, Ottawa Times and the Bureau County Republican in Princeton.
The Morris newspaper formerly was known as the Morris Daily Herald. Shaw Media has owned the newspaper since 1953. It has been published in the city since 1879.
“Our company has a long history serving the city of Morris and its people, and we plan to continue to do so for many years to come,” Shaw said.