Updated 08/29/2012 05:58 PM
Readers weigh in on Syracuse Post-Standard changes
A day after the Syracuse Post-Standard announced that it will stop daily home delivery of the newspaper, Syracuse residents are weighing in on the decision. YNN's Erin Clarke spoke with some readers and tells us what they think about the future of the paper.
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The local newspaper that people like Miguel Balbuena read will no longer be delivered to his home every day.
"I'm shocked to hear that because I read it every day. It's like a routine I have," said Balbuena.
Tuesday, the Syracuse Post-Standard announced that to save the paper, daily home delivery would cease next year. Subscribers will get the paper delivered Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. A scaled back version of the newspaper will still be printed daily, but only sold at newsstands.
"We have an economic model that cannot be sustained, so we know if we don't do anything the Post Standard faces extinction," said Syracuse Post-Standard publisher Stephen Rogers.
One of the reasons cited by the paper for the change is that more people are using gadgets or going on their computer to get their news, but long time readers say that move may turn away a particular group of people.
"The seniors that don't have, a lot of people don't have internet and that's their way of the paper in their hand. Some people have to have the paper in their hand, the physical piece," said Michael Hanley.
"I access online, but it's a different format. Sometimes you find the stories in print that I have a hard time finding them online," said Balbuena.
Rogers says the Post Standard will continue to improve its content online, in the future offering the same, more and maybe even better news. Some people will be disappointed, he acknowledges, but he knows this is a move to preserve the paper.
Several newspapers across the country have begun charging readers to view their web sites. The Post-Standard has not announced a charge for its site.