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Big Changes Coming to LA Times Community Newspapers

Bad news for Glendale residents: The offices of the Glendale News-Press, currently on Brand Blvd. in Glendale, will be shuttered and the staff moved to the LA Times building downtown. The News-Press will cease publishing a Tuesday edition of the paper, taking it down to a 5-day-a-week operation. The Monday edition was scrapped in 2011.

Other community newspapers under the the Los Angeles Times umbrella are also facing changes. The Costa Mesa Daily Pilot will also cease publishing a Tuesday edition. There will no longer be a Sunday edition of the La Cañada Valley Sun. The Burbank Leader will return to a Wednesday and Saturday print schedule.

Not all the news is bad, however. LA Times Spokesperson Nancy Sullivan tells us, “We are putting more emphasis on digital. Times Community News’ sites, particularly the breaking news blogs – The 818 Now, The 626 Now and The OC Now, will have more frequent posts of brief, informative stories as we continue to see online readership rise. We’re also rolling out new Glendale News-Press and Daily Pilot apps (Android & Apple) on November 1.”

As a Glendale resident, I’m sad to see the News-Press offices go. While this was likely a necessary cost-cutting measure, it’s unfortunate that the paper will lose a physical presence in the community it covers. But I’m happy to learn I’ll soon be reading the News-Press on my iPad. Makes for a decent silver lining.

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