Beginning with the June 13 edition, the Whidbey News-Times-South Whidbey Record (Washington state) will be produced as a broadsheet, the paper reported. The move to broadsheet is happening more than two decades after the paper changed to a tabloid format.
The paper’s sister newspapers, The Herald, in Everett, and Peninsula Daily News, in Port Angeles, are broadsheets. “When those papers came off of the press that we all share, enormous rolls of newsprint needed to be traded out. That may not sound like a big deal, but consider the fact that a roll of newsprint can weigh upwards of 900 lbs. and are moved with forklifts,” says the paper. The paper said the coronavirus pandemic pushed it to look at expenses.
Also this month June, the News-Times returned to 800 S.E. Barrington Drive in Oak Harbor after a lease in Coupeville ended. The paper is on the second floor of the building, which is owned by parent company Sound Publishing.