Riverside, Calif., ‘Press-Enterprise’ to Hit Doorsteps at 5 A.M.

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By: E&P Staff

The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., said on Monday it will deliver its weekday edition to homes by 5 a.m., which it said is the earliest of any newspaper in Southern California.

On weekends and holidays, the 164,189-circulation paper will hit doorsteps by 6:30 a.m., the A.H. Belo-owned daily said.

Also beginning Tuesday, the Press-Enterprise is launching two local news sections, Local and Local Plus.

Local is a zoned section that will be one of the last sections to go to press, ensuring latge-breaking news. Local Plus replaces a feature section “Your Life,” and will have zoned community information about volunteer opportunities or events.

“The use of wire stories has been scaled back in exchange for more content from local sources, and some of the most popular features from Your Life will be moved to the new Local Plus section,” the paper reported.

“The current economy — combined with the acceptance of new media and changes in how people get their news — compelled us to carefully evaluate our product offering,” Ron Redfern, publisher and CEO of the Press-Enterprise said in a statement. “The price of newsprint has increased more than 25 percent and, like other newspapers across the country, the Press-Enterprise can no longer afford to simply add more pages when we want to add more news. To maintain and expand our local coverage, what readers value most, we must be more responsive to the economy and our readers and more selective about our content.”

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