The News-Sentinel announced today its intent to move primarily to a digital product in the coming months. The News-Sentinel will now sharpen its focus on more timely, topical and in-depth coverage of the region's news without the constraints of the afternoon print cycle.
The News-Sentinel remains committed to providing its readers with the type of robust coverage of topics most important to the region and providing its advertisers the ability to reach even more people within their marketing area. While this move means discontinuing the afternoon print edition, subscribers will be offered News-Sentinel content in print within the morning edition of The Journal Gazette in addition to a more robust and focused digital presence.
Through these pages, The News-Sentinel editorial coverage will be shared with a larger print audience within the morning edition of The Journal Gazette, the widely preferred time for most readers. The News-Sentinel newsroom will direct and design the content, opinion and commentary within these specially designated pages. The combination of these pages delivered in the morning and the 24-hours-a-day online platform provide ideal and complementary vehicles to drive conversations on issues impacting the Fort Wayne community.
“Tracing our roots back more than 180 years, we are proud to remain a key part of the Fort Wayne community by bringing our readers the news they care about and an independent voice to the issues that impact them,” said Mike Christman, president and CEO of Fort Wayne Newspapers and publisher of The News-Sentinel. “The News-Sentinel will now have the ability to reach a wider range of audiences in Fort Wayne, while focusing exclusively on creating great, engaging content. The move will better position The News-Sentinel to serve its readers and the community in the digital era.”
Maintaining this commitment to the unique character and voice of The News-Sentinel was a priority when considering this move, Christman said.
“The principles that have defined The News-Sentinel's independent voice over the course of its nearly 200-year history will continue to guide us. Engaging, thoughtful commentary on the topics that affect Fort Wayne's citizens has been – and will be – a core part of what we do,” added Christman.
“The Journal Gazette has partnered with The News-Sentinel since 1950, and are pleased our long-term partnership agreement is in place through the year 2075,” said Julie Inskeep, publisher of The Journal Gazette.
“We believe preserving two separate and independent editorial voices will continue to serve this community well.
As we both drive our independent digital initiatives, The Journal Gazette will help assure that The News-Sentinel content reaches our large print readership as well.”