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The Journal Gazette to end Sunday publication

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The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette will no longer be offering a Sunday paper.

The decision to end the printing of the 160-year-old paper’s largest edition was announced Friday.

All of the content offered in the Sunday edition will be now placed in a “Weekend Edition”, which will be delivered on Saturdays.

Journal Gazette Publisher Sherry Skufca said in a release the decision to end a day of print publication was not an easy one.

Rising costs of printing and delivery, changes in the advertising environment over the past 20 years, and the immediacy of online news to consumers has led to many newspapers around the country to make similar decisions.

Founded in 1863, the Journal Gazette remains locally-owned. It is in a joint operating agreement with West Virginia-based Ogden Newspapers to run Fort Wayne Newspapers, which handles advertising, finances, and printing of the newspaper.

For decades, Fort Wayne Newspapers published the city’s other newspaper, the News-Sentinel, which changed hands from local ownership in 1980.

Ogden Newspapers purchased the News-Sentinel in 2006. The News-Sentinel switched to online-only in 2017, laid off most of its staff in 2018, and in 2020 suspended publication of the online edition.

Rebecca manages the news at WBOI. She joined the staff in December 2017, and brought with her nearly two decades of experience in print journalism, including 15 years as an award-winning reporter for the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne.