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The New Jersey Herald's former 24,750-Sq. Foot headquarters at 2 Spring Street in Newton is for sale. GateHouse Media (now Gannett) was not included in the 2019 sale. (Photo: Realty Executives).

N.J. Herald ends Monday print newspapers

Latest victim of Gannett cutbacks is Sussex County’s daily newspaper

By David Wildstein, April 18 2022 10:14 am

The New Jersey Herald, once a vibrant daily newspaper in providing valuable coverage of local  news to the people of Sussex County and northwestern New Jersey, will stop printing Monday newspapers late this month.

The N.J. Herald is the latest Gannett-owned newspaper to reduce the number of days they print newspapers.  Most of New Jersey’s Gannett properties ended Saturday print editions and deliveries last month.  The N.J. Herald had not printed Saturday newspapers in years.

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The North Jersey newspaper appears to have been disemboweled by the struggling Gannett organization since they acquired the nearly 200-year-old newspaper in 2019.

“We must recognize and adapt to how people consume the news,” Executive Editor Daniel Sforza said. ” This is another step in that evolution, as we continually respond to subscriber and advertising trends.”

But comics and puzzles will still be available online.

No journalists will be led go as a result of the reduction in print newspaper day, although they are probably down to bare bones as it is: their staff directory lists just three reporters, with no local editors, sportswriters or photographers.

The loss of staff has made them less attentive to their readers.  The N.J. Herald reported the resignation of Sylvia Petillo twelve days after the New Jersey Globe first reported the same story.

Gannett stock opened at $4.30-per-share on Monday morning, down from $7.05 last September.  The nation’s largest chain of newspapers lost $135 million in 2021 and the company faces significant dissent among reporters, some of whom have formed unions and others who have taken to bashing their employers on social media.

The Newton-based New Jersey Herald started out as a weekly newspaper in 1829.  GateHouse Media bought the paper in 2019 and it became part of the Gannett brand later that year when the two media giants merged.

Earlier this month, The (Bergen) Record raised their newsstand price by 40% for weekdays and 50% on Sundays.  With Monday through Friday newspapers at $3.49-per-day and Sunday papers selling at $4.49 – less than the Sunday Star-Ledger newsstand price of $8, it now costs $1,140-per-year to buy a newspaper at a retail store.

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