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The Town Talk to move to 3 days a week of publication

(Source: KALB)
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Published: Mar. 8, 2017 at 9:57 AM CST
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Update:

The Alexandria Town Talk, the staple newspaper for Central Louisiana, announced Wednesday that it will reduce the number of days it prints from seven to three days starting April 5.

The editions will run Wednesday, Friday and Sunday according to Judi Terozotis, the President of The Town Talk, who reached out to readers via the paper's website Wednesday evening.

In the message, Terzotis shared that the reason for the newspaper’s change was a strategic decision “based on marketplace demand" and that the Town Talk will now focus on "our digital-first approach by strengthening the direction of its exceptional seven-days-a-week newsroom."

Terozotis explained that there is a shift, a growing demand for online content, “the shift, driven by our consumers and advertisers, enables us to invest in new ways of doing business and better position ourselves for the future.”

To read the full letter, you can follow the link provided in this story.

You can reach the Town Talk with questions at 1-800-292-0581 or email thetowntalk@gannett.com.

Original Story:

The Town Talk and two other Gannett newspapers in the region will cut publication schedules to three days a week, according to sources connected with the announcement. In addition to The Town Talk, Gannett's newspapers in Opelousas and Hattiesburg were also affected.

News Channel 5 has confirmed that staff at The Town Talk was told Wednesday morning.

The decision to reduce publication comes after years of hits within the newspaper industry. Last October, Gannett reduced its workforce by 2-percent. When those layoffs were announced last year, The Town Talk's general manager, news director, and a longtime reporter lost their jobs.

We're told in 2005, there were roughly 53 staff members in the newsroom at The Town Talk. Now, there are 12.

The new publication schedule will be Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

We reached out to Jim Smilie, the news director at The Town Talk for comment, he told us he had "no comment at this time."

You can reach the Town Talk with questions at 1-800-292-0581 or email thetowntalk@gannett.com.