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February 8, 2008 / Toby Dayton

2008 Daily Newspaper Death Toll: 3

The Capital Times, Madison Wisconsin’s afternoon daily, announced today that it would cease printing a printed version of its daily paper, effective April 26th, and move to an online format. The paper will print two editions each week and insert them into Madison’s morning daily, the State Journal. The Capital Times began printing a daily in 1917, and since 1948 has been jointly published by Capital Newspapers through a joint agreement that combined advertising, circulation and production but kept the newsrooms of both papers separate. The Capital Times Co. and Lee Enterprises (which owns the State Journal) each own half of Capital Newspapers and evenly split the profits. The move will trigger the loss of about 40 jobs within Capital Newspapers. The article on the State Journal’s web site includes a quote by James L. Baughman, director of the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In commenting about the decision by the Capital Times, Baughman states, “It was inevitable that they would have to cease publishing daily. It’s the trend everywhere. It is one of those forces of nature.”

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