The incredible shrinking paper

It wasn’t that long ago that the Oklahoman decided to leave the Black Tower on the Broadway Distention to the printers and move the actual news-gathering operations downtown.

Evidently the printers weren’t far enough away to suit the publisher:

The Oklahoman will outsource its printing and packaging operations to the Tulsa World beginning in September, announced Chris Reen, publisher of The Oklahoman and President of The Oklahoman Media Group. The Oklahoman will close its printing and packaging facility at Britton and Broadway.

“We’re fortunate to have newer and more modern presses as close as Tulsa with ownership like Berkshire Hathaway who has a great deal of experience with these sorts of arrangements around the country. The move will create significant cost savings while not sacrificing quality,” Reen said.

Except, of course, for adding a minimum of two hours’ worth of lead time:

Reen said in order to ensure the same timely morning delivery of the newspaper, there will be earlier press times which will impact some late-night news stories and sports scores.

“Timely” is in the eye of the beholder, or maybe the subscriber. I consider delivery after 6:30 am (as it was yesterday) to be excessively late. (I am an afternoon-paper kind of person, but not the sort of afternoon paper that’s spent 11 hours turning yellow in the summer sun.)

Not mentioned in that NewsOK reveal:

I note for reference that GateHouse, under its post-bankruptcy name New Media Investment Group, bought the Dolan Company at the end of 2015, which owned, among other things, the Journal Record.


  1. Lorna »

    9 June 2016 · 7:44 pm

    Wow, you must wake up super early if the 6:30am paper is considered late, ha ha. I would have probably only been in bed for about 3 hours by then!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  2. CGHill »

    9 June 2016 · 8:06 pm

    Ah, to be young(er) and active-ish once more. :)

    I definitely wake up too early, though this is explained by the need to get to the day job before everyone else shows up and starts asking for stuff. On the weekends, I’m doing well to be up and about by noon.

  3. McG »

    10 June 2016 · 7:55 am

    How long ago was OKC a more-than-one-newspaper city?

    I’m trying to wrap my head around, say, the Sacramento Bee having to have its printing done in Oakland because they put The Union out of business and now they can’t afford to maintain their press shop or replace outdated equipment, and the nearest publisher with the capacity to cover their circulation is two hours away in the Bay Area.

  4. CGHill »

    10 June 2016 · 8:11 am

    If we mean two under separate ownership, 1980, when the Oklahoma Journal folded.

    Berkshire Hathaway, which owns the World figures to add about 100 jobs; some may come from the 140 being sacked by OPUBCO.

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