‘Tucson Citizen’ Folding Tomorrow–Will Go All-Web

The Tucson Citizen will print its last edition Saturday, owner Gannett Co. Inc. said Friday.
Gannett said the paper will continue to operate its Web site, www.tucsoncitizen.com, but no longer publish a print edition.

“Dramatic changes in our industry combined with the difficult economy – particularly in this region – mean it is no longer viable to produce two daily printed newspapers in Tucson,” Bob Dickey, president of the U.S. Community Publishing division of Gannett, said in a statement. “We are pleased that the Citizen’s web site will continue its role as a place for a separate community conversation. Its staff will focus on stimulating public engagement in local affairs. We look forward to moving in this exciting direction.”

Gannett said that effective Saturday it is terminating its joint operating agreement (JOA) under the Newspaper Preservation Act with Lee Enterprises, which publishes the market-leading Arizona Daily Star, but that both will continue to be “equal partners in TNI Partners.”

The announcement did not say how many employees will lose their jobs as a result of the folding of the print edition.

Dickey said the Star will publish a Citizen editorial once a week in its newspaper.