Shaw Publications had decided that it is cheaper to have rival Paddock Publications print its area newspapers than to continue to do it themselves.
That was announced on the Daily Herald’s web site today.
When’s it going to happen?
By mid-April Paddock’s Schaumburg presses will be printing the Northwest Herald, the Kane County Chronicle, DeKalb’s Daily Chronicle, the Lake County Journal, Mid-Week and other minor publications.
“More color capacity and better reproduction” were touted by Publisher John Rung.
Less than a year ago, Rung wrote a column assuring readers that newspapers were viable.
Crystal Lake stands to lose 25 full-time and six part-time production employees, the article says.
Shaw’s Northwest Herald building was built in 1985, but has been expanded since then.
McHenry County Blog reported on the Northwest Herald’s circulation drop from last spring to last fall here.
In January, the NW Herald started charging for old articles.
More information about a poll asking probing questions about the NW Herald, but not the Daily Herald, can be found here.