It has been about a month since we dropped the Monday print edition, and a while longer since we changed some of our columnists, and I am still getting questions from readers about these moves. Let me begin by reiterating that cost savings were the primary factor behind all of these decisions, and then I will try to address the specific questions that seem to crop up. If you have a follow-up question for me about these changes, or any other subject, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to answer it.
Why don’t you print the Monday puzzles and comics on Sundays instead of Tuesdays?
We buy all of our puzzles, comics and other features from news syndicates. These syndicates have a lot of customers around the world. To keep it fair to all, the features are embargoed until their release date. We can’t publish the Monday features on Sunday without breaking the embargo. If we deliberately broke the embargo, the syndicate likely would drop us as a customer.
What happened to Carolyn Hax’s advice column and Michelle Singletary’s personal finance column?
We dropped both of these after their syndicate demanded a substantial price increase and barred us from sharing them with our online audience. We need to continue to grow our online audience, so this felt like we would be paying more for less. Furthermore, we were already getting columns on these topics that we were not printing. So this decision keeps us from creating a dysfunctional relationship with online customers and makes better use of our money. I think Hax and Singletary would agree with that!