Meridian to get new weekly newspaper
A new weekly newspaper will be published in Meridian, starting next Friday, the Idaho Press-Tribune announced.
The Meridian Press will be a publication of the Idaho Press-Tribune, Publisher and President Matt Davison said, and will be distributed Fridays to more than 10,000 targeted homes and at several locations in Meridian.
The weekly newspaper will have a full online component, apps and a full suite of social media components, he said.
The Idaho Press-Tribune conducted a research study a year ago and results underscored the need for better media coverage of Meridian, Davison stated.
The full-size weekly will include news on Meridian government, schools in Joint School District No. 2, businesses, sports and community.
Homes in several subdivisions, including Paramount, Bridge Tower and Saguaro Canyon, have been targeted for delivery. Meridian residents outside the initial distribution area will have the option to subscribe to receive home delivery or they can pick up a free copy at several locations throughout the city, Davison explained.
“This has been one of the most exciting projects I've ever been a part of. Starting a newspaper from scratch isn't an easy task, but I'm confident we have the team and strategy in place to be successful with the Meridian Press,” he said.
Holly Beech, who has been the business reporter for the Idaho Press-Tribune for nearly two years, will be the primary reporter. Sales and Marketing Executive Christi Atkinson will handle the sale of advertising.
"At a time when many feel newspapers are on their last breath we are expanding,” Davison said. “The Idaho Press-Tribune, the Emmett Messenger-Index and now the Meridian Press will be a part of the communities we serve for a very long time."
The Idaho Press-Tribune is a part of the Seattle-based Pioneer News Group, a family multimedia business owned by members of the James G. Scripps family, based in Seattle. The company owns and operates 23 print and online daily and weekly newspapers in Washington, Montana, Idaho, Utah and Oregon. The Scripps family has a long history in newspapers, starting with E.W. Scripps in Cleveland in 1878.