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Salt Lake Tribune rolls out first weekly print edition

Newspaper Print Cuts Utah
Posted at 11:13 PM, Jan 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 09:09:12-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake Tribune is entering another new phase Sunday.

The newspaper has seen its share of changes in recent years: It began requiring digital subscriptions for full online access, it became a nonprofit (the first "legacy newspaper" to do so), and in October, it announced an end to its daily print edition after nearly 150 years.

The change happened as the paper's "joint operating agreement" with its longtime competitor, the Deseret News, expired at the end of 2020. The agreement allowed the two then-daily newspapers to share resources for the actual printing process, as well as advertising through the Utah Media Group. Deseret News is also transitioning to a weekly printed newspaper and a monthly magazine.

Both the Tribune and Deseret News printed their final daily editions on Thursday.

On Sunday, Tribune subscribers in certain areas of Utah will receive their first weekly edition. Those who subscribed to the daily will automatically be enrolled in the new format, senior managing editor Matt Canham told FOX 13.

While the announcement in October initially said the weekly edition would be delivered by mail, some areas of Utah will receive it by carrier on Sundays. Residents of Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele and Utah counties, as well as those in Logan, North Logan, Ogden and St. George, will have the Sunday print edition delivered to their homes by 7:30 a.m. Those in other areas will receive it by mail "early in the week," according to the subscription website.

The new weekly printed paper comes at a higher price than its daily predecessor. However, it will contain more content, including an expanded opinion section — which the Tribune's Chairman and primary financial backer Paul Huntsman said in October will have exclusive content and “[reflect] the breadth of Utah voices on key issues.” The weekly will also have special photo pages and "our best investigative work," Canham said.

The weekly subscription base price is $5 per issue, but subscribers will also receive the Tribune's e-edition during the week (an online replicate of the print edition) and unlimited access to — which normally costs $15 per month on its own. Former daily subscriptions varied in cost depending on length of membership; One FOX 13 employee reported paying $35 per month in 2020.

New subscriptions come in varying lengths of membership. Longer terms will provide a discount of up to $0.44 per issue, and some include a Thanksgiving Day edition.

The weekly edition will also be sold in grocery and convenience stores, as the daily printed version was.

Click here to view subscription prices or to sign up.

FOX 13 is a content-sharing partner with The Salt Lake Tribune.