Oneida Daily Dispatch Goes Digital-First

The Digital First Media-owned New York newspaper will adopt a three-day-per-week print schedule and will shift its emphasis to its expanded online, mobile and electronic offerings.

Digital First Media today announced The Oneida Daily Dispatch will switch to a new digitally focused publishing schedule that includes expanded online, mobile and electronic offerings and a change to a three-day print schedule.

The Daily Dispatch’s digital offerings — including free access to, free downloads of tablet and phone apps, and access to the paper’s e-paper replica edition — will be provided to all subscribers starting Feb. 3. The website will remain free and accessible to all users, the company said.

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“Changes in the marketplace have allowed us to accelerate our transition to a more comprehensive, multi-platform offering,” Jan Dewey, Digital First Media’s New York publisher, said in a statement. “We know this is where our readers are and we know this is where our future is.”

The Daily Dispatch will also launch its new Sunday print edition on Feb. 3, starting its three-day print schedule of Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“With the shift in the print schedule we will continue to publish to our digital platforms every day so our readers will have more local news and information,” said Karen Alvord, GM of the Daily Dispatch.

The new print schedule is not the only change for the print edition. The paper will also roll out a complete print redesign including a rebranding of The Oneida Dispatch that includes expanded local news and features sections, a “Start Your Day Here” feature that includes national and world news digests, as well as multiday comics, puzzles and horoscope sections.

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