Archive for Thursday, March 18, 2010

Eudora News ends publication

March 18, 2010

Today marks the end of an era for The Eudora News.

After 18 years of providing news to the community via a weekly newspaper, The Eudora News will cease publication with today’s edition.

World Company weekly group editor John Taylor said the decision was made reluctantly in the face of declining revenue and other issues that are plaguing the newspaper industry.

“Newspapers everywhere are going through difficult times, and it’s no different here,” Taylor said. “After much discussion, we made the very difficult decision to cease publication of this weekly paper. In the end, our revenues could not sustain the expense of publishing the newspaper in the manner our readers came to expect.”

Bert and Vickie Hull founded The Eudora News in 1992 and published the paper until March 2000, when they sold the paper to The World Company.

Theresa Abel stayed with the paper after the sale and was general manager of The Eudora News from August 2001 to January 2008. Elvyn Jones, the current editor, started in the role in 2001.

Jones is being reassigned elsewhere in The World Company. Staff writers David Oakes and Jeff Deters are being laid off and have been offered severance.

The Eudora News will continue on as a Web site with stories and videos about Eudora, Douglas County and the area from the staffs of the Lawrence Journal-World, 6News and The World Company’s remaining weekly newspapers.

Those wanting to submit items to the Web site should e-mail them to Caroline Trowbridge, who leads the assignment desk for the Journal-World and 6News. Her e-mail is ctrowbridge@ljworld.com.

Through the years, The Eudora News has earned recognition for its news coverage, including the 2005 Kansas Press Association Sweepstakes Award as the best newspaper in Kansas in its circulation division. Last week, the newspaper was informed it earned 14 first-, second- and third-place finishes for its division in the 2010 KPA contest, including four first-place finishes for Oakes and one for Deters.

The World Company will offer refunds and conversions to subscribers. Chris Bell, World Company circulation manager, said those taking both the Eudora News and the Lawrence Journal-World will have the option to applying their remaining Eudora News subscription to the Journal-World. Subscribers to The Eudora News also can apply the remaining subscription to the Sunday Journal-World. Subscribers can also convert their Eudora News subscription to the Journal-World or other weeklies owned by The World Company, he said.

Customer service representatives soon will be calling subscribers to explain their options, Bell said.

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