Subscribers of The Fresno Bee, who are obviously dwindling in today’s rapidly changing media and information landscape, received a noteworthy email on October 8 from the Bee’s publisher. Here is an excerpt:
The Fresno Bee is changing to ensure we are able to meet the needs of our readers and the communities we serve long into the future. More and more of our customers are engaging with our local journalism online. This is not unique to Fresno, it is a widespread trend in journalism, and in fact, many industries.
Starting January 11, we will launch a new weekend package with expanded newspapers on Fridays and Sundays and access to the Saturday edition exclusively online. While we will no longer produce a printed newspaper on Saturday, we will continue to publish the strong independent local journalism you expect from The Fresno Bee online seven days a week.
Here are the changes you can expect:
Friday: The newspaper will have new puzzles as well as a new themed section called “Uplift,” your source of good news for the weekend.
Saturday: We will not be publishing a Saturday print publication but instead invite you to “go digital” and visit our website or eEdition, which replicates the experience of a printed newspaper online. You’ll also find our EXTRA EXTRA digital supplement with more national, international and entertainment news and Sports Xtra, our sports supplement.
Sunday: In addition to the usual comics content, we will add the puzzles and comics that you love to read in your Saturday paper…
… Thank you for being a loyal reader of The Fresno Bee and for making an investment in local journalism.
A note from 3R News: A subscription invoice received in September by a Three Rivers resident who has subscribed to the Bee for several decades showed a charge of nearly $1,800 for a 6-month subscription. Unfortunately, that resident had to let their longtime subscription to the Bee lapse.