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Weekly to combine print editions, launch 'e-daily'

Original post made on Aug 15, 2008

The Palo Alto Weekly in late September will begin publishing a single weekly print edition every Friday and a new electronic edition, "Express," Monday through Friday, Weekly publisher Bill Johnson announced this week.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 15, 2008, 10:50 AM

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Posted by sally
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 15, 2008 at 3:26 pm

I like web-based news. You don't have to kill trees for paper and the news is fresher. Printed news is at least 1-2 days old. TV news lacks depth.

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 15, 2008 at 7:58 pm


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Posted by News Junkie
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 15, 2008 at 8:08 pm

If you live in Palo Alto it'll be really easy to know the days of the week by which of our three local papers are available.

Saturday and Sunday you can only get the PA Daily, on Monday you can only get the PA Daily Post, Tuesday thru Thursday you can get both the PA Daily and the PA Daily Post. Friday will be the big day because on that day you will get the PA Daily, the PA Daily Post and hippie the PA Weekly!!

The PA Weekly will truly be, a "Once a Weeker"!!

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Posted by save the trees
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 15, 2008 at 8:36 pm

I am fed up with having my mail box and driveway cluttered with these papers.

They should all be optional and online.

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Posted by gregory
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 16, 2008 at 1:38 am

it looks like the Weekly is circling the drain ...

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Posted by gregory
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 16, 2008 at 1:41 am

2,000 pageviews is supposed to be a lot? In a town of 60,000 with a daytime population of probably double that? That's an incredibly small number by either online standards or traditional print standards. The weekly's online effort sounds about as strong as its print side, which is to say they're both doomed.

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Posted by George
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 16, 2008 at 3:22 am

Hmm .. the City Council ought to get an email about this. Just a week ago, or so, they lectured the City Clerk about not publishing notifications in the Weekly's print edition with something that a dinosaur-rider might say: "We don't want to go there" (wasn't that everybody's friend Jack Morton)?

Well .. newspapers all over are having troubles. Claiming that e-publishing can't work, doesn't work, is no substitute for paper is a myth that is being put to the test all over the world.

Of course .. this could be a response to the pressure the Daily Post is putting on the "news model" of two editions a week--rather than the everyday model that the Daily News and Daily Post use.

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Posted by I enjoy my Papers
a resident of Meadow Park
on Aug 16, 2008 at 8:47 am

I like the City's Commissions and Council Agendas published in the paper, they're right there as I'm reading the paper. O yes, I can get them on line but I'm too lazy to do all that clicking around the silly City's messy website!!!

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Posted by Sue
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 18, 2008 at 6:11 am

Tried twice to sign up for Express. Both times after I "submit" I got redirected back to the same sign up page. There is a glitch.

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Posted by Will not miss the Weekly
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 18, 2008 at 6:44 am

Maybe Johnson should be more concerned about the impending failure of his "newspaper" rather than trying to stifle free speech by having the racks of a superior paper removed from the streets.
I do hope that the single friday addition will be big, so that I will have enough paper to line my kitty litter box.

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Posted by Frank Bravo
director of IT, Embarcadero Media and webmaster of Palo Alto Online
on Aug 18, 2008 at 7:45 am

Frank Bravo is a registered user.

Sue, are you getting any error messages when you are trying to submit your information? I just tried the process and it worked as it should. You can e-mail me off-list at webmaster [at] and we can figure out what is going on.

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Posted by Wow
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 18, 2008 at 11:50 am

Will -
At least your cat will have reliable knowledge about the community.

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Posted by Not Believing The Hype
a resident of another community
on Aug 18, 2008 at 2:29 pm

For a publisher that has seen his paper's page count drop rather dramatically over the past few years - some issues seem more like a pamphlet than a newspaper - Bill Johnson spinning like a top to ensure this news is seen as a positive mood.

I thought a news site was supposed to tell it like it is, not publish self-serving PR fluff pieces.

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Posted by gabriella
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 19, 2008 at 4:06 am

I've got to agree with Diana Diamond that I like having 3 newspapers in town. But I also agree with her that the 1st amendment rights of the Post were violated by the city government .. which was being pushed or manipulated by the Weekly. The city should have stood up to the Weekly and told them that all newspapers needed to be treated the same. I don't want the Weekly to fold, but I think the actions of its management toward limiting the news-paper rack positions of the Post were reprehensible. The Weekly should realize that the same 1st amendment that protects the Weekly also applies to a little paper like the Post!

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Posted by Bill Johnson
publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Aug 19, 2008 at 7:38 am

Bill Johnson is a registered user.

Time to inject a few facts into this topic.

Contrary to the grossly distorted reporting on this issue by the Daily Post and Diana Diamond, the city simply acted to enforce the downtown news rack ordinance that prohibits free-standing news racks on University Ave. and the cross-streets. The Weekly, Daily News and San Jose Mercury all complained to the city that it was unfair to all the newspapers that were abiding by the law for it to ignore the willful violations by the Daily Post. The Weekly has no objection to the Daily Post being assigned news racks in the modular structures, but it does object to it receiving special treatment or being allowed to violate the rules.

Daily Post owner Dave Price was a part of the group of publishers (which included the Weekly, San Jose Mercury, SF Chronicle and many other publications) that worked with the city to craft the ordinance many years ago in the interest of eliminating the ugly clutter of free-standing racks downtown. He is free to now sue the city, if he wishes, to challenge the ordinance, but he should not be free to turn a simple code enforcement action into a First Amendment issue in which he paints newspapers that comply with the law as the bad guys.

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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 19, 2008 at 7:57 am

svatoid is a registered user.

Love Johnson's version of the "facts". Basically he is right and the Post and Diamond are lying.
Isn't the question really whether the ordinance was constitutional or not. Cities can pass ordinances all the time--their legality is a question.
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