The News-Sentinel is ending distribution of its afternoon newspaper as it shifts to a digital platform, Fort Wayne Newspapers announced Thursday.
Subscribers will still be offered News-Sentinel content in the morning Journal Gazette, as part of a renewal of the two newspapers' joint operating agreement.
The change is expected sometime in October.
Fort Wayne Newspapers is the business agent for The Journal Gazette, which is locally owned, and The News-Sentinel, which is owned by Ogden Newspapers of Wheeling, West Virginia. Both papers have offices at 600 W. Main St.
The updated joint operating agreement, which was extended through 2075, allows pages produced by The News-Sentinel to reach more readers through Journal Gazette distribution.
“Tracing our roots back more than 180 years, we are proud to remain a key part of the Fort Wayne community by bringing our readers the news they care about and an independent voice to the issues that impact them,” Mike Christman, president and CEO of Fort Wayne Newspapers and publisher of The News-Sentinel, said in a prepared statement. “The News-Sentinel will now have the ability to reach a wider range of audiences in Fort Wayne, while focusing exclusively on creating great, engaging content.”
Maintaining its commitment to the unique character and voice of The News-Sentinel was a priority, Christman said.
The News-Sentinel staff will direct and design NS content that will appear in The Journal Gazette. The newspapers will continue to maintain separate and competitive newsrooms.