Nothing on the porch

This showed up in my tweetstream this morning:

For an explanation, we turn to Terry Kroeger, publisher of the Omaha World-Herald and head of Berkshire Hathaway’s Media Group:

Publishing both a morning and afternoon edition is referred to as an “all-day” publishing cycle. That idea lost popularity over the years, and you might find it interesting to know that the Omaha World-Herald, as near as we can tell, is the only remaining “all day” subscription-based newspaper in the world.

So the next sentence is really hard for me to write. We will become an all-morning newspaper, effective March 7.

It’s not hard to understand why:

For years our morning and afternoon editions have been more similar than different. Our newsroom aims to produce a daily print report full of interesting news, analysis and features. Nearly all of those enterprising articles begin in our morning edition. The afternoon paper is updated with all the latest breaking news, as is throughout the day.

In recent years our print readers have voted for their favorite delivery time — preferring mornings over afternoons by two to one. It’s a ratio that has flipped over the past 25 years, when subscriptions to the afternoon paper had dominated our metropolitan-area circulation.

As one of only a handful of people remaining who prefer an afternoon paper — to the extent that I don’t read the morning paper until afternoon — I mourn.

Perish the thought.


  1. McGehee »

    7 March 2016 · 11:11 pm

    When I was a kid, we took the Sacramento Bee, which at the time was an afternoon paper. Later, for whatever reason, we switched to the Union, which was a morning paper.

    The culture shock is real — but eventually the Bee went morning too, and of course the Union, ultimately, went away.

    Sacramento seems to have been the only city whose newspaper consolidation wasn’t accomplished by merger, but by (in my opinion) murder. From then until I moved away I refused to pay for a Sacramento paper.

  2. CGHill »

    7 March 2016 · 11:22 pm

    Here in the 405, we had The Daily Oklahoman in the morning, the co-owned Oklahoma City Times in the afternoon, and starting in the mid-Sixties, a morning rival, The Oklahoma Journal, which lasted about a decade and a half before fading away.

    The Times was killed off about 1984 and was never spoken of again, though it spawned a really nifty, if really obscure, single by Hamilton Camp (“Oklahoma City Times,” Warner Bros. 7309, 1969).

  3. Roger Green »

    8 March 2016 · 4:40 am

    I used to deliver the evening paper, the Press, in Binghamton, NY. There was a competing paper, the Sun-Bulletin, which, naturally, was in the morning. I read both. Ann Landers was in the SB, Abby in the Press. Different funnies. Then they merged at some point, and the evening paper went away in favor of The Press and Sun-Bulletin a.m. delivery.

  4. jsallison »

    10 March 2016 · 8:38 pm

    I delivered the Rochester, NY Democrat-Chronicle in the mornings. The afternoon Times-Union seemed, well, rather lacking. Hey, I was 12. what’d I know?

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