Number of 7-Day Newspapers Drops to 8 in Arkansas


It’s not exactly news that hard times have pummelled the daily newspaper industry, but Whispers was a little shocked to learn how few Arkansas newspapers still publish seven days a week.

After the Pine Bluff Commercial consolidated its Sunday print operation into a weekend edition to be published on Saturday, we asked the Arkansas Press Association for a count of seven-day-a-week papers remaining in the state.

Eight still print all seven days, the APA replied. A decade ago, there were 15, according to the 2010 Arkansas Media Directory, published by the trade group.

The seven-day-a-week papers still standing are the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Times Record in Fort Smith, the El Dorado News-Times, The Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs, the Texarkana Gazette, the Jonesboro Sun, the Saline Courier in Benton and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Both Democrat-Gazettes and the papers in El Dorado, Hot Springs and Texarkana are owned by Walter Hussman’s Wehco Media Inc.

That leaves only three other every day dailies, all owned by out-of-state chains. The Jonesboro Sun is part of Paxton Media Group of Paducah, Kentucky; the Saline Courier is part of Horizon Publications Inc. of Marion, Illinois; and the Times Record belongs to GateHouse Media Inc. of Pittsford, New York, just outside Rochester.