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By Don Ogle 

Sun-Telegraph to change to morning delivery


Sun-Telegraph Publisher Keith Hansen announced today that in response to reader input, the paper is switching to a morning edition.

“We’ve had a lot of complaints since I’ve been here,” Hansen said of the Sun-Telegraph’s current publishing schedule. “People don’t like getting the paper sometimes two days after it’s published. This switch will make news more timely.”

Currently, the Sun-Telegraph prints each day’s edition that same afternoon for delivery to the post office. By the time the Monday edition reaches customers, it is sometimes as late as Wednesday in outlying areas.

Hansen said making the switch will place the Tuesday paper in people’s hands on Tuesday.

To facilitate the move, the Sun-Telegraph is also switching its schedule to a Tuesday-Saturday paper.

“We’ll have the paper out the evening before,” Hansen said. “It will be available on newsstands and counters the evening before, and in homes for Sidney subscribers by noon.”

Part of the paper’s roots came in morning delivery. When the Sidney Sun published it was at one time a morning paper, as was the paper for a time after the Sun and the Telegraph merged.

Hansen said in visits with subscribers, he found out they missed the morning paper. So in response, he decided to return to that format.

“We want to improve access for our readers,” Hansen said. “They deserve that.”

As the Sun-Telegraph moves forward, readers will see a number of improvements.

“By fall, we want to have a second section that’s all sports,” Hansen said. “It will cover high school sports, hunting, fishing and other activities in the Sidney area.”

For high school sports coverage, the Sun-Telegraph plans to make Saturday’s special with it’s Game Day edition. With the paper already to press prior to Friday night games, Hansen said providing coverage for those games can’t wait until Tuesday’s paper.

“So we’re creating Game Day – an online version where subscribers can find out what happened Friday night,” Hansen said.

To provide sports coverage, especially with Game Day, the Sun-Telegraph is asking for help from readers to provide coverage, particularly in outlying areas. With limited staff, the Sun-Telegraph’s primary focus is on Sidney. But with help from supporters in the surrounding towns, the paper can continue to keep everyone up on sports in those areas as well.”

“Game Day will be as big as our subscribers want it to be,” Hansen said. “They have an integral part - as citizen journalists.” The Sun-Telegraph will accept photos and score reports from those helping to cover schools.

“We really hope there are budding writers out there willing to submit stories about their teams,” said Don Ogle, Sun-Telegraph editor.

Those interested in making submissions can contact Ogle at the paper, 308-354-2818 or by email, Ogle can then provide guidelines or tips on taking sports pictures, formatting, deadlines and other information needed to make Game Day a success.


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