Effective this fall, the Lawrence Journal-World will become a morning newspaper after more than 100 years as an afternoon newspaper.
"We'll be an even better and more complete newspaper in the morning than we have been in the afternoon," said Dolph C. Simons Jr., J-W editor and publisher.
He noted that the change will provide an opportunity to add timely stock and business information and to include more recent overnight news and sports details in each day's paper. In addition, the change will allow the newspaper to report on breaking national and international news events. All are elements that -- along with fresher local news and sports -- will make the morning Journal-World a more complete information source for the community.
Simons pointed out that in recent years an increasing number of newspapers have changed their publication cycle to improve the product they deliver to subscribers. The change will allow the Journal-World to keep pace with expectations of area readers for the most progressive and technologically advanced newspaper possible in a community the size of Lawrence, he emphasized.
The Journal-World currently is involved in a building remodeling and expansion project so a new press can be installed to print the morning newspaper, Simons noted.
He said employee committees are deeply involved in the planning process for the extensive changes required for the switch to morning. Completion of these planning details and all construction work will determine the exact timing of the change to a morning publication, he added.