The Gadsden Times will move to mail delivery of its print edition on Monday, July 24. The July 23 edition will be the last delivered by newspaper carriers.
The shift to mail delivery is an effort to ensure more consistent and reliable delivery. It’s also a response to ongoing distribution challenges that have made the traditional carrier model economically unfeasible.
“We remain committed to producing the best print edition possible for our customers who prefer to get their news that way, and we’re not backing off on our more than 150-year commitment to local journalism,” said Editor Greg Bailey. “But we need to make sure we get that product to readers in a timely fashion, and believe partnering with the U.S. Postal Service is the best way to accomplish that.”
There will be no reduction in the number of print editions — The Times currently publishes those Sunday through Friday with an e-edition on Saturday — but there will be one major change. Since the USPS doesn’t deliver on Sunday, the Sunday edition will be delivered by mail on Saturday.
“We also know that people’s mail is delivered at different times, and this could mean a change in routine for customers who like to read the paper with their morning coffee,” Bailey said. “They still can do that with our eNewspaper.”
That electronic version, which looks like a traditional print newspaper, is available seven days a week at www.gadsdentimes.com/enewspaper and is accessible on computers and mobile devices. Print customers have access not just to The Times, with stories, photos, puzzles and comics, but to other publications across the USA TODAY Network, of which The Times is a member.
“Readers can also get a quick rundown on the day’s news, and direction to specific stories either in print or online, through our morning newsletters,” Bailey said. “But it’s essential that we have customers’ accurate USPS mail delivery addresses and their current email addresses in our system.”
Call customer service at 1-800-950-2022 to update mail or email addresses, or for help in registering for online access at www.gadsdentimes.com.