By: E&P Staff
The Republican in Springfield, Mass., hit the streets as a broadsheet with new features Monday in a signal of renewed confidence in the economy.
In June of 2009, the Republican began publishing as a tabloid on Mondays and Saturdays to cut expenses.
“The improvements we are making now do not mean that the recession is over, but they do signal our strong belief that the worst is behind us, and that The Republican again can move forward by strengthening itself in multiple ways,” Publisher George Arwady wrote in a note to readers.
“We are ending the confusion in the marketplace about a paper that looks so different on different days,” he added. “And we are trying to send a strong message that The Republican is back, big time.”
Arwady said the paper is also adding pages and features.
Monday, the Republican launched Business Monday, a business section that includes content from the Boston Business Journal. The paper also added a column and more articles to its Parenting section on Mondays. And “full-size editorial and Op-Ed pages” are returning on Mondays, the paper said.
“Next Saturday’s full-sized paper will bring back the opinion page, Cartoons and Quotes, with color editorial cartoons and excerpts from the MassLive.com forums,” Arwady said. The paper will also launch on Saturday Pioneer Valley Life, a lifestyle and entertainment guide.