Southbridge Evening News

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Southbridge Evening News
TypeDaily newspaper
Formatbroadsheet
Owner(s)Stonebridge Press
PublisherFrank G. Chilinski
EditorAdam Minor
Founded1923
Headquarters25 Elm Street, Southbridge, Massachusetts 01550  United States
Circulation3,500
Official websitesouthbridgeeveningnews.com
 
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Southbridge Evening News
TypeDaily newspaper
Formatbroadsheet
Owner(s)Stonebridge Press
PublisherFrank G. Chilinski
EditorAdam Minor
Founded1923
Headquarters25 Elm Street, Southbridge, Massachusetts 01550  United States
Circulation3,500
Official websitesouthbridgeeveningnews.com

The Southbridge Evening News is a weekday (Monday-Friday) afternoon daily newspaper in Southbridge, Massachusetts. It is the flagship newspaper of Stonebridge Press, a chain that also includes several weekly newspapers in central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. The paper has a circulation of approximately 3,500.

The News[edit]

The News, headquartered in the historical Tiffany Leonard House downtown, steps away from Town Hall,[1] focuses its coverage on the "tri-community" towns of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton, and three adjoining smaller towns, Brimfield, Holland and Wales. It competes in each of these towns with the daily Telegram & Gazette from Worcester, and in the three smaller towns with the daily The Republican of Springfield.

Privately owned by the same owners since 1995, the owners of Stonebridge Press have played up the Evening News' local roots, relegating most news from outside its circulation area to the inside of the newspaper. Stonebridge Press also oversaw the paper's return to broadsheet newsprint and its conversion to digital photography and pagination.

The newspaper is distributed each weekday for same day delivery through the US Mail. It is printed in Southbridge, in Building 25 of the former American Optical Company plant.

History[edit]

The Evening News was a cornerstone of Central Massachusetts newsmedia long before Stonebridge Press was formed in 1995. It was the flagship of Worcester County Newspapers, which included many of the same weeklies as Stonebridge.

In the mid-1990s, the rising cost of newsprint forced Worcester County Newspapers president and Evening News editor Loren F. Ghiglione to make severe cuts: the company's printing plant in Auburn, Massachusetts, was closed (the plant is now owned by Community Newspaper Company); the publishing schedule was cut from six to five days a week; several of the company's weeklies were closed; and the Evening News and remaining weeklies switched from broadsheet to tabloid paper.[2]


Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Whitney, Dick. "Southbridge - Then and Now"
  2. ^ Gushue, Harold. "Local Paper Shuts Plant; Worcester County Newspapers to Contract," Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette, March 25, 1995

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