Newspaper Will Abandon Paper

Q. What do you call a newspaper that doesn’t print on dead-tree products? A.

Nine months after printing its first paper edition, The Orem Daily Journal in
Utah has announced it will stop distributing a print edition and will publish
exclusively online.

The newspaper has printed its final print edition and will resume
publication online Aug. 5, publisher Levor Oldham told the Associated Press.
Oldham said some employees — particularly those involved in distribution —
are being laid off.

Previously, only the newspaper’s classified
advertisements have been available on the Internet, he said.
The Journal may be the first daily paper in the nation to move its
publication exclusively online, said Larry Pryor, executive editor of Online
Journalism Review and a journalism professor at the University of Southern

“Weekly publications have moved online, but I am unaware of any
dailies,” he said.
Oldham said common sense drove the move. “Clearly, the future of newspapers
is on the Web.”

The Orem Daily Journal is one of three Utah County newspapers published by
Springville-based Journal Publications, which also designs and markets
software for newspapers. It began publishing 7,500 copies in late October,
positioning itself as a competitor to The Daily Herald in Provo, which has a
circulation of about 33,000.

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