Friday, 17 September 2021

Another newspaper goes digital only

 No doubt this is the shape of things to come but recent news got the digital publishing world in a spin when it was announced that the Chattanooga Times is moving to digital publishing only and will give its subscribers free iPads.

The plan will cease delivery of the print edition of the newspaper by mid-2022.

The newspaper's publisher, Walter E. Hussman Jr., has purchased thousands of Apple iPads to give to subscribers.

The newspaper said starting Monday it will begin converting daily print subscribers to an online version of the daily newspaper available on the tablet. The replica edition looks like the print paper but has some additional features and functionality, the newspaper reported.

“If we didn’t do this, we wouldn’t be able to continue to publish the kind of paper we publish in Chattanooga,” Hussman said. “For us to do this, we can keep our newsroom basically intact. It’s the way for us to maintain good, quality journalism and fulfil our function.

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