Pikeville paper cuts publication days

The Appalachian News-Express has cut its newspaper publication from five days a week to three.

The change, made March 1, was not strictly a cost-cutting move, publisher Jeff Vanderbeck said. It came in response to readers who wanted more Pike County news in each paper instead of filler from elsewhere, he said.

"We have more time to get in-depth stories" when printing only three papers a week, Vanderbeck said, "whereas we were just touching the tops of stories because we had a paper to produce every day."

The paper increased publication to six days a week in April 2006, in response to readers who wanted "more local news more often," Vanderbeck told Editor & Publisher magazine at the time. The paper later cut back to five days a week.

Three news reporters, two sports staffers and a lifestyle editor produce the content for each paper, he said.

The subscription rate has been reduced as well, Vanderbeck said.

The paper's circulation is reported at 7,089, according to the Kentucky Press Association.

The newspaper is a sister publication to the Georgetown News-Graphic, which cut its publication from five to three days a week in February. That move was attributed to declining ad sales and cost-cutting.