The Akron Beacon Journal and the Canton Repository have reached an agreement for the Akron newspaper to be printed daily at the Repository’s plant in Canton.
The Canton presses can print more full-color pages than the Akron presses and are less costly to operate. Canton, which for years has produced papers for other news organizations, has the capacity to add the Beacon Journal.
“This change in no way affects the Beacon Journal’s commitment to Akron and Summit County,” Bruce Winges, Beacon Journal editor and vice president, said Tuesday. “Our newspaper has been telling the story of Akron since 1839, and we look forward to continuing our service to the community as a leading source of news and advertising content.”
As have other industries and governments in Ohio, newspapers have gained efficiencies through cooperative agreements, Winges said. The Columbus Dispatch began printing The Cincinnati Enquirer earlier this year under a joint publishing arrangement.
“This collaboration serves as a great example of the creativity being used across our industry to ensure newspapers continue to be the leading source of information for people who strive to stay well-informed,” Canton Repository Publisher Jim Porter said.
The change is scheduled to take place some time in November or December, executives from both newspapers said.
Jim DeLuca, vice president for circulation, said the change will not affect Beacon Journal delivery times, which are by 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and by 7:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Beacon Journal covers the Akron area with the largest local news staff in Summit County. The newspaper will be 175 years old in 2014, making it the oldest continuously operating business in Summit County.
The combined readership of the Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com is among the top 25 U.S. newspapers for readership growth, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. Readership was 551,551 as of March 31, up 6.1 percent from the 519,690 total reported for the same date last year. Readership is defined as the number of people reading the paper in print and online.