Cordele Dispatch changes print frequency to Wednesday

Published 11:40 am Wednesday, April 15, 2020

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In response to the economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the change in recent years as to how its readers consume community news and information, the Cordele Dispatch will begin publishing one print edition each week on Wednesdays.

While the Cordele Dispatch has seen both record traffic to its website and new print subscribers, this newspaper – like other newspapers across the country – has seen severe declines in advertising by local businesses as non-essential businesses are closed and events are canceled.

“No matter the medium or print publication frequency, informing our readers continues to be our top priority,” said Chris Lewis, Dispatch Publisher. “The sharp increase in web traffic on proves that more readers are consuming news digitally than ever before.

Reducing print frequency enables us to meet our readers where they are and allows our news teams to focus their efforts on providing news online as it occurs.”

Readers will now be able to pick up a print copy of the Cordele Dispatch on Wednesdays, with increased page numbers in each issue. Print and e-edition subscribers will receive the newspaper in their mailboxes or email inboxes in these days.

“Producing one print edition each week will allow our staff to create more robust, community-focused newspapers, with all of the content readers have been used to getting in their newspaper, and even more,” Lewis said.

The cost of a subscription to Cordele Dispatch will remain the same. The cost of the newspaper in single copy locations will be 75 cents. Any subscriber to the Cordele Dispatch will get the e-edition at no charge.

“We remain committed to covering all the news surrounding COVID-19 and how we recover as a community from this unprecedented pandemic,” Lewis said. “In these uncertain times, we are as committed as ever to serving you, and sincerely appreciate your trust and support of the Cordele Dispatch.”