MARINETTE — Change is not easy. Change is necessary. Change is coming to EagleHerald readers today.
The EagleHerald press printed its last publication Friday night. It now will be printed at our sister paper in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
With today’s edition, a new era begins as the EagleHerald will publish a print edition three days a week — Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Readers won’t get a shortage of news as we will publish an e-newsletter on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Additionally, we will continuously place current stories on our new, enhanced website (ehextra.com). All subscribers will have unlimited access on the website. For those that haven’t already done so, full access registration help is available by contacting our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our print editions will be much the same as they are now with a mixture of local news and sports content, state, national and world news and photographs. Those papers will be delivered to subscribers on the same day via the U.S. Postal Service. In addition, our re-named free publication, The Action (formerly Action Sunday) will also be delivered by the post office on Saturday.
EagleHerald editor Dan Kitkowski said the combination online-print format will allow the paper flexibility.
“Oftentimes with the print edition we are limited because of space,” he said. “The digital format will allow for more stories and more photos. We are not eliminating any content. For those who don’t have online access, we will be placing some of our stories in the print edition after they have appeared online.”
As mentioned previously, the changes made by the EagleHerald are in lockstep with what is happening throughout the newspaper industry. Research shows that more readers choose to get their news via their phones, laptops and tablets. Kitkowski said the newspaper must continue to evolve in order to be a viable, trusted source of local news.
“We have to give our readers the news and information they want in the format that they want to receive it,” he said. “We will continue to be the No.1 source for in-depth local news and sports, it will just come in different forms.”
Kitkowski and General Manager Kathy Springberg stressed that this is a work in progress as our staff will be navigating through a world that is as new to us as it is to our readers.
The history of a newspaper in Marinette goes back to 1871 when it was called the Marinette and Peshtigo Eagle. It became a daily paper in 1892 and it took over the Marinette North Star and became the Eagle-Star in 1903. In 1995, the Eagle-Star merged with the Menominee Herald-Leader to become the EagleHerald.
Adams Publishing Group bought the paper in the summer of 2019.