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Danville Weekly to stop print edition after 4 1/2 years

Original post made on Sep 17, 2009

The Danville Weekly will publish its last print edition Oct. 2 and shift its focus entirely online, publisher Gina Channell-Allen announced this week.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 17, 2009, 2:47 PM

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 17, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Dear Dolores,

I am saddened to read Gina's announcement. From the start, you built a news delivery performance level that out-shined daily news in our region. Your writing skills were broadly enjoyed by our region's neighbors in the easy-to-carry print edition.

Moving on to on-line publishing is logical, but it does remove the home town nature of TDW and puts your publication in a new market definition of on-line news more defined by global internet news standards. Further, it will place TDW in competition with a growing news service presence in our region.

On-line news, more like broadcast news, is brief without detail and most often it is more editorial than news. TDW will have to bring the original quality of your paper to on-line news if TDW is to remain relevant to your readers.

Thank YOU, Dolores, you deserve a rousing round of applause for your citizenship among your readers.

Hal


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Greenbrook Elementary School
on Sep 17, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Never read the print edition but I check the website almost daily. It's my main source of local news and I like the whole publication. I'm glad it will continue online. Yes, I am one of the reasons that print newspapers are going out of business.


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Posted by Sherm
a resident of Danville
on Sep 17, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Drag me kicking and screaming into the furture. I still enjoy sitting down with a good cup of coffee, served in a real coffee mug and holding and reading the paper...so sad. I have an internet capable phone but like so many of generation, my eyes r not what they once were.


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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on Sep 17, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Dear Dolores,

As we realize the progression of weekly's as the Valley Pioneer, Devil Mountain Weekly, Danville Times and Danville Weekly are lost to history, what your on-line readers do not realize is the on-line version is not The Danville Weekly. What will continue is a website with a lack of depth in reporting that was established by you in the initial years of TDW's print edition.

On-line news, like talk radio, is limited to brief editorial rather than news. What will be read is opinion and not news.

Thank YOU for allowing your readers to know the difference.

Hal


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 17, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Yes...it's too bad you're shutting down the print version. As Sherm posted, I too enjoy the weekly while enjoying my morning coffee. But it's reality and I'm assuming it's related to dollars.

Good luck with your news exclusive approach...the folks that travel won't with the weekly won't be seen anymore.

Thanks for all those great years of hard copy.

Julia


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Posted by just so you know
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Sep 17, 2009 at 9:24 pm

just so you know is a registered user.

If you're going to on-line only then you really, really need to require registration to leave comments.


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Posted by Todd
a resident of Danville
on Sep 18, 2009 at 8:34 am

I hardly look at the paper except to see what houses are for sale around me but that is also covered in the Sun. paper.
I dont vote for registered users, its fine the way it is.


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Posted by Rodney
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Sep 18, 2009 at 9:25 am

This sucks - I love the Danville Weekly. My readings will not be the same...


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Posted by Dave Clarke
a resident of Danville
on Sep 18, 2009 at 10:34 am

Thanks for the service you provide. The Express e-mail is a great way to be regularly prodded access your site and read what's happening in Danville.


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Posted by Tracy B
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 18, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Dolores, your content and energy have proven their relevance, regardless of the medium. I used to read the paper version when that was all you offered, yet I have exclusively read only the online version for over a year now. In fact, I added "cancel paper version of DW" to my to-do list a few weeks ago.

As a very busy professional, the online version allows me to quickly filter down to the local news that interests me most. And as an environmentally responsible resident, I'm grateful that you're helping my fellow readers and I to reduce the amount of waste that our households/businesses are generating.

Yet for visitors and prospective new residents of our community, I regret that they will not be able to stroll through our Town and pickup a Danville Weekly to quickly acquaint themselves with our events, culture and issues. Perhaps there is something that the DW and Town can try to partner on 2 or 4 times a year to fill this void?

I tend to lean more toward a non-subsciber-based, open-access model to ensure the news (and advertising) is highly accessible. Yet I appreciate the benefits that subscriber accounts have for the publisher in tracking demographics that help to sell advertising, as well as to shape the content of the paper to serve the community's needs/interests.

Thanks again for providing such timely, engaging content!!


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Posted by B Lynn Goodwin
a resident of Danville
on Sep 18, 2009 at 5:06 pm

The print version will be missed. Thanks for all you give to the community.


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Posted by Bob Landy
a resident of Danville
on Sep 18, 2009 at 9:33 pm

I too enjoy reading with my morning cup of coffee. It is much easier to look down on a table and leisurely flip through pages then it is to sit at a computer.


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Posted by reader
a resident of Danville
on Sep 19, 2009 at 9:11 am

Do you think you could go to a bi weekly instead for us dinosaurs?


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Posted by Carol Emery
a resident of Danville
on Sep 19, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I will also miss the printed version of the Danville Weekly. I enjoyed my A.M. cup of coffee and reading the weekly in my comfortable chair. Somehow reading a newspaper is relaxing and one can put it down and do something else if need be. Readinging it online is OK but not the same. If a person does not have a computer then they are out of luck. Thanks for your wonderful publication all these years.


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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 20, 2009 at 8:25 am

Dear Dolores, let this not be the last word.

As I noted to you in private e-mail, many information have a "print" option on their website for individual articles or their full publication. By clicking on the "print" option, your web reader can print out a copy of your on-line newspaper for reading at their leisure.

The print font is light faced "DRAFT mode" allowing rapid printing with lower ink consumption and less paper usage due to compression of text on each page.

What does your readership think of that option?

Hal


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Posted by jennifer
a resident of another community
on Sep 21, 2009 at 2:43 pm

I think it's about time other community papers look at changing with the times.


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Posted by Don
a resident of Danville
on Sep 23, 2009 at 10:46 am

I love the print version. I too love to read it with my morning coffee. So I will miss it. Good luck with the new adventure.


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Posted by jakefarsh
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 24, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Ok! we all miss the print version so on with the reality of business and finance and the fact that most people would not subscribe if they had to pay for it. On the bright side, the online version alloows us to comment easily and timely on the relevant issues of the community.


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