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Islander, Reporter to publish on Wednesdays

By Staff | Apr 5, 2013

To better serve our readers and advertisers,

the publication day for the Sanibel-

Captiva Islander and Island Reporter will

advance two days beginning next week.

The island’s oldest newspapers will

publish on Wednesdays beginning April


“A publication date earlier in the week will allow

us to deliver the news our readers want in a more

timely fashion,” said Scott Blonde, publisher. “Island

readers, as do readers throughout the communities we

serve, have a strong interest in not only what has happened

but in what is coming up. That is why our editors

put a strong emphasis on advance stories on

upcoming community events, government and organizational

meetings, and things to do. That is also why

we devote a significant amount of space to our community


“A Wednesday publication date will give our readers

extra time to plan their week so as to take advantage

of all the great things made possible by island

organizations, volunteers and businesses,” he said.

The change in publication day will be partnered

with a continued commitment to breaking news via

the newspapers’ Web site, captivasanibel.com.

“We also take great pride in our longstanding role

as the provider of ‘news of record’ and breaking news

to the residents of Sanibel and Captiva,” Blonde said.

“Our change in publication day will not weaken that

commitment but will strengthen it. City government

news, including council and planning and zoning

meetings, will pre-publish on-line with the following

week’s print edition to report the ‘what’s next, what’s

it mean’ aspect of those stories. Again, we believe this

will better serve our readers – more prompt coverage

for breaking stories, more in-depth coverage for

the print stories to follow.”

Advancing the publication date is part of a continuing

effort to improve the island papers, Blonde


Over the past year or so, we have consolidated the

Sanibel-Captiva lslander and the Island Reporter into

one delivery package, providing readers and advertisers

with one go-to source for both “all things Sanibel

and Captiva” and “news of record,” the papers’

respective roles.

We also have upgraded The Islander to a glossy

cover and significantly increased the papers’ range of

advertising options to better meet the needs of the onisland

business community. The result has been a

near-doubling of page count.

“We are very grateful to our readers and advertisers

for recognizing the improvements we have introduced,”

Blonde said. “We believe our latest initiative

will be welcomed as well. We remain strongly committed

to the islands and to making sure our papers are

reflective of island needs.”