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Times will add content to enhance both print and e-Newspaper

Mark Katches: Changes in print frequency will alter how readers consume the news but not our journalistic mission.

Today our newspaper arrives in your inbox — not on your driveway. We’re on your tablets and phones, laptops and desktops.

As we announced last week, we are delivering the printed newspaper on Sundays and Wednesdays for now.

The local news business was tough enough already. But the unprecedented economic fallout from the coronavirus has prompted this shift.

While we are cutting back on printing and delivery, we’re adding more news and features to our e-Newspaper seven days a week — an exact replica of the printed version that you can access on your tablet, laptop, phone or home computer.

Here is what you can expect in the enhanced e-Newspaper:

  • Expanded coverage of popular topics like health and fitness, the environment and personal finance. (With fewer constraints on space, we can bring you more of it.)
  • Additional pages of national and international news.
  • More color photography and graphics throughout the paper, including a daily World in a Snap page.
  • Popular comics like Beetle Bailey, Shoe, Hagar the Horrible and For Better or For Worse – in addition to all the comics you’re used to reading in print like Peanuts, Pickles and Pearls Before Swine.
  • More perspectives from syndicated columnists and editorial cartoonists every day.

We’re also making some improvements to the Sunday newspaper, our most popular edition.

  • The Perspective section returns this week, featuring opinions from the Times, guest columns, letters to the editor and analysis.
  • More good news. We all could use some. We are adding pages to Floridian highlighting inspirational stories, acts of kindness, local heroes and ordinary people doing extraordinary things. If you have story ideas, please email Ellen Clarke, our deputy editor for life and culture, at eclarke@tampabay.com.
  • We’ve started a weekly section called Game Times that bundles your favorite games and puzzles into one section every Sunday. We’re printing most of our brain games in this new section so that readers don’t have to fuss with printing them in the e-Newspaper. You can now binge on a week’s worth of games and puzzles or tackle them at your leisure. The section includes some bonus games. Our first section, with all of this week’s puzzles and games, was delivered Sunday.

Although the new publication schedule signals a big change in the way many of our readers will get the news, it doesn’t alter our mission, the scope of our work or the strength of our journalism.

Also of note: Our website tampabay.com offers all of our local news coverage as soon as we can write it. It includes expanded coverage that doesn’t make it into the newspaper. We also produce a dozen thoughtfully curated email newsletters. Sign up for free here.

Thank you for navigating these changes with us.

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Over the past week, we’ve heard from scores of readers and neighbors in our community who want to keep the journalism of the Tampa Bay Times healthy.

The best way is to subscribe.

We also now offer two ways you can make tax-deductible contributions.

Today, we launched the Tampa Bay Times Journalism Fund. Contributions will help sustain our newsroom — including our coverage of government, health, business, education, politics, sports and entertainment. You can also directly support our investigative journalism by contributing to the Tampa Bay Times Investigative Fund.

We are grateful for your support — especially now.

Contact Mark Katches at mkatches@tampabay.com. Follow @markkatches

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