5. As you probably heard, Pittsburgh’s only printed mostly daily newspaper soon will scale back to just three days a week. Union members at the Post-Gazette shared the news Thursday on Twitter, which was widely reported locally and across the country. The PG already cut back to five days a week last year. The change means Pittsburgh will have a printed newspaper on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The changes are expected to take place in late September.
Earlier this year, PG Publisher John Block was seen screaming during a late-night tirade in the newsroom. Block Communications officials disagreed with how PG staffers characterized the tirade, saying the publisher was "expressing his frustration to the newsroom staff.” The labor union and the company have been at odds over wages for years.
The Post-Gazette won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news, for its coverage of the deadly shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in October. As Reddit user SWPenn notes, however: "The fact that they're cutting back on print days shouldn't be surprising. Many other cities are doing the same. Seattle, Columbus and Cleveland come to mind. Print editions have been losing advertising revenue for over a decade. When was the last time you saw pages and pages of department store and retail ads? Movie theater ads? Classified ads? Real estate ads?”