Birmingham, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama media group is moving to all-digital delivery, ending publication of four newspapers in Alabama and Mississippi in 2023.
The Birmingham News, Huntsville Times and Mobile Press-Register and Mississippi Press will publish through February 26, 2023. Subscribers will continue to receive The Lead, a daily e-paper that reports on each city, AL.com. reported.
Alabama Media Group said it will focus on digital media brands including AL.com, The Alabama Education Lab, This Is Alabama, People of Alabama and mobile editions of Birmingham, Huntsville and The Led.
“We are deeply committed to serving our local communities and producing high-quality journalism and reaching more people than ever,” said Tom Bates, president of Alabama Media Group. “At the same time, we’re adjusting to how Alabama readers want their information today, which is increasingly on a mobile device rather than in a printed newspaper.”
The company has its offices in every metro area. The decision will close a production facility in Mobile and affect some employees in production, circulation and advertising, the company said.
Bates says the focus on digital brands and distribution through social media will allow the company to make its reporting more widely available and tell stories in all formats.
“This decision will allow us to invest in more local coverage, more investigative reporting and more initiatives like our Education Lab, which are aimed at improving our state’s K-12 education system,” Bates said.
Alabama Media Group brands have more than 3.4 million followers across social media platforms.