Worthington Daily Globe gives up on daily newspaper

Since 1872, the Worthington Daily Globe has been a daily newspaper, except for Sunday.

Those days are over.

The paper’s owner, Forum Communications, announced today the southwestern Minnesota newspaper will now only publish two days a week — Wednesday and Saturday.

In its announcement today, the Daily Globe says its weekday “e-edition” will include more national news and features from USA Today.

Since 1872 our newspaper — like any business — has evolved to take advantage of new opportunities in our changing world. The internet has allowed us to better serve our customers with new and innovative ways to get the news out.

Stories can break virtually every day and we now publish to our website, dglobe.com, in real time, with our content viewed by people not just in our backyard, but around the world. The newspaper must evolve with this new world like many other media companies, and we are making changes that will allow us to continue to provide our readers with the best local information at a monthly cost that remains affordable.

Print advertising revenue has declined nationwide, and newsprint costs have continued to increase. In southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa, evolving marketplace trends and a challenging farming economy have also had an impact.

Change is never easy, but continuing to operate on yesterday’s model is no longer feasible. Countless hours have been spent developing the new publishing model, and this new format will allow us to embrace the new world we live in. Current prepaid subscribers monies will be adjusted from the six-day-per-week newspaper to the two-day-per-week newspaper without any loss of monies.

In conjunction with the publication changes, we’ll be offering a new service to our readers through our e-edition. A contract with USA Today will allow us to provide a variety of national, financial and lifestyle reporting — content that will be featured in our e-edition on a daily basis.

We believe these changes in publishing and delivery will offer the best opportunity to serve our customers’ needs. We’ve heard the complaints about the shrinking size of our daily edition. Rather than publish six thinner editions Monday through Saturday, our plan is to give our readers two healthy print editions filled with interesting stories and photos, which also translates into more effective messages for our advertisers and daily news in the e-edition and at dglobe.com.

We know there’s a niche for a strong source for local news in our region, and that’s what we will remain dedicated to do. We’re also continually expanding with new reporting features. In fact, the Globe recently launched a new local video feature called “The Drill” highlighting an area student-athlete each week; it can be found at dglobe.com/the-drill. “The Drill” is part of several planned new features that will showcase our communities and their people.

First and foremost, we remain your newspaper, and we invite you to contact us with any feedback or suggestions on what you’d like to see in print and online. We thank you for your continued readership over the years and into the future.

Forum Communications weekly newspapers have also taken big hits recently. After the newspapers in its Rivertown Media subsidiary combined operations last year in Woodbury, Hastings, Red Wing, Minn., and River Falls, Wis. — several veteran reporters were let go this year.

  • MrE85

    So now they are just “The Globe?”
    Well, that’s a shame. I used to read The Daily Globe regularly when I lived in Windom. It was the closest daily newspaper and is (or was) sold throughout SW Minnesota.

  • dave

    If any news outlet relies mainly on other sources such as Associated Press or USA Today, they are just a blog. I don’t care for someone else’s filter. I can easily do that much better myself.
    I want the REASONS behind the opinions.
    Newspapers are in THEE BEST position to address issues. IF they would get two sides to write a joint article discussing point by point the reasons behind their views.
    Editors often let A speak Monday and B speak Tuesday and think it done. That results in folks talking past each other (Less Filling, Tastes Great).
    Have editors take an active role in presenting an issue without labels and motives, but with REASONS for both conclusions. Not a collection of sound bites we all have heard before.
    PRINT can do this in a thoughtful manner, like no other media is able to.

    • // y, they are just a blog.

      [cough] (unitelligible) [/cough]

      • dave

        How many times have you seen two talking on TV and neither one is understood because they talk at the same time. Tough to craft a thoughtful response on the fly.

        Write, edit, re-write, let your opponent comment, respond and rinse & repeat until both sides have the reasons for their stances laid out well.

        Respectful and informative…..by golly it is so weird it just might work 🙂

        • That made me think of this morning’s Morning Edition segment.


          • Jeff C.

            That was a driveway moment for me and my 13-yo son this morning! He didn’t want to get out of the car and go to school until it was over.

          • You don’t often hear someone on NPR describing someone has “an aluminum siding salesman.”

          • Jeff C.

            Weird. It seems like they edited what was broadcast for the web. I’m sure I remember more of an exchange around 2:20 with Steve yelling something like, “I’m the moderator!”. At least they left in the “Gentlemen, you can towel off” comment he made at the end. When and why was someone described as an aluminum siding salesman?

          • Good catch. They did edit out “Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa…gentlemen….gentlemen…. I’m the moderator here (guy continues to interrupt)… Jared…. Jared….”

            Good thing I downloaded it as originally broadcast.

          • BJ

            I busted a little laugh thinking this Inskeep guy would never cut it in this business – stopping the entertainment. /s

          • I chatted by email with NPR ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen who says the latest audio posted is always the last one broadcast. Apparently it was edited out for the final broadcast of the morning — usually aimed at the West Coast.

          • BJ

            Hummm, kind of ok with that. It didn’t come through well, and didn’t add anything. He did a good job and it wasn’t cable ‘newsertainment’, so for those that heard it, it was just unusual.

  • John O.

    Two editions weekly probably means that there will be instances where funerals are missed because the obituary didn’t make the printing deadline. Not everyone is willing to go online–especially a lot of elderly folks.

    • Gary F

      And what do you line birdcages with, wrap dead fish with, or use for masking before painting?

      Yes, life will be different, but in a few years, most seniors will have their noses buried in a phone or tablet. My mom is 86 and in a nursing home, she has a I-pad for emails and to follow the news where she grew up.

      • John O.

        My 87-year-old Dad opens his laptop on occasion, and my 83-year-old Mom won’t touch a computer anymore. Period. God bless your Mom for at least using an iPad!

  • Jack Ungerleider

    “A contract with USA Today…”
    As someone who grew up in an area that had a Gannet newspaper before they were big time (pre-USA Today) I would see this as a precursor to Gannet buying some or possibly all of Forum Communications small local papers. Then the paper itself becomes one small section of local news and a section of USA Today to cover world, national, financial, etc news. The daily paper back home looks like that now.

    • MrE85

      Yep. The Indianapolis Star is one of those now.

  • Gretchen O’Donnell

    I’m a freelance writer for The Daily Globe and this change makes me sad for sure, on several levels. I hadn’t even thought about obituaries. I’m thankful that the two-day a week option will be attempted and am hoping that our community will support this valuable part of our town and region so that The Globe can survive.

  • linda

    I live in a town with a Wed-Sat local paper and have watched it get slimmer and slimmer over the last 20 years. It’s now really an avenue for high school sport reporting and that’s about it. And now they are re-printing some national news to fill the pages. I keep up on another daily local paper (to see which funerals my mom will be attending) and am envious of the breadth of their local coverage each and every day. Each town has lots of great stories within it, and it’s a wonderful offset to the endless tragedies reported on the larger media outlets. It’s sad that our access to the great stories in our backyards is slowly diminishing.

  • Deborah

    My first job after graduating was at the Worthington Daily Globe. It was a great job, being paid to learn something new everyday, to meet people in all walks of life, to work with energetic and talented people, and to start my adult life learning about life in small towns up close. I cringe sometimes when I look back at that young, naive me and realize the deeper stories I did not see at the time.) It was a privilege to work for a newspaper that took its region and journalism seriously. My daughter graduates from college in two weeks and I would wish for her a similar first job. It did not pay much but it took me to the next job. And that of corse opened the next unforeseen doors.

  • lindblomeagles

    Reporters appear to be facing the same dilemma the coal industry is – technological advancements have severely overtaken their jobs. And yet, the worse part about a decline in reporters is we are losing touch with who and what information is being reported to the masses. I know we all bleed left or right, but how can any of us be sure what the heck is going on if there aren’t very many independent news reporters on the ground uncovering stories?

  • Lucille Ripley

    I moved to Fairmont three years ago. Having a newspaper to read all my life. I am 84 yr. Thought and was disappointed that the local paper here was so thin and wished I could see the Globe again. I enjoyed getting the paper. Hopefully, my small local paper does not go the same way. I can not see my reading off of my computer or getting the Mpls. paper. What’s next?