Following a national trend, and to perform as efficiently as possible, the Chronicle-Independent (C-I) will transition from publishing three times a week to a twice a week publication schedule. Beginning with its Friday, Oct. 2 issue, the C-I will begin publishing semi-weekly, each Tuesday and Friday. The first Tuesday edition will be published Oct. 6.
“Our newspaper has been published tri-weekly since the 1950s and, being the local news source since the newspaper’s founding 126 years ago, we are committed to always performing our journalistic responsibility for the citizens of Kershaw County,” C-I Publisher Mike Mischner said.
Mischner also said the C-I has evolved into both a print and online newspaper and, as such, the newspaper’s website, www.chronicle-independent.com, is being enhanced with the ability for print and online subscribers to be able to scroll through each edition’s full pages, exactly as they look when they are printed. In a few months, he said, this ability will be further enhanced to take advantage of “page-turn” technology, allowing subscribers to electronically turn the pages of e-editions on the website.
“The tri-weekly model may be outdated. In South Carolina, only newspapers in Gaffney, Lancaster and Newberry are left publishing three times a week,” Mischner said.
Mischner said publishing twice weekly will not significantly reduce the number of pages printed each week, if at all, with the C-I’s news content presented for twice a week publication.
“We will have, basically, the same number of pages twice a week as we had three times a week,” Mischner said. “We plan to give our readers meatier papers, with more heft. They will still have all the local news, all the meetings, all the features, all the sports, all the editorials, all the columns, all the cartoons, all the advertisements and all the circulars readers have come to expect.”
The C-I’s website will continue to be updated with online editions of individual articles and editorial material on each publication date. A mobile version for the site, optimized for smartphones, will also be available to print subscribers at www.chronicle-independent.com/m/ as of Oct. 1 at no additional charge.
The C-I’s social media presence continues to grow, with 2,500 followers on its Facebook page, offering the opportunity for the wider community to discover -- and comment on -- the newspaper and website’s news, editorial, sports and other content.
In addition, Mischner announced the West Wateree Chronicle, Lugoff and Elgin’s free local weekly newspaper, will transition from publishing on Tuesdays to Wednesdays.
“These changes will allow the company to run as efficiently as possible and position the C-I for the future,” Mischner said.