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Utah is fortunate to have two major, quality statewide newspapers!

Although, the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune have been long-time competitors, the intensity of their journalistic rivalry is about to heat up even more. The Deseret News has announced plans to move from afternoons to mornings. The transition will begin March 31 and will be completed by June 9 when all daily subscribers will begin getting the paper on their doorsteps at daybreak.

The change is significant for a number of reasons.

First, major afternoon newspapers across the nation are on the verge of extinction. Without the change one wonders how long the Deseret News could survive. Now, though, Utah news consumers are guaranteed ongoing dynamic news coverage from two papers with distinct editorial voices.

Second, the News and the Trib will continue their operational and advertising agreement through the Newspaper Agency Corporation. Together, they’re upgrading their presses, which will result in a better visual product for readers.

Third, the change is being made with the blessing of the Tribune’s new publisher, Dean Singleton, who firmly believes direct “competition breeds excellence.” KSL shares his view. We believe having two morning papers going head to head in their journalistic role as community watchdogs, as well as in their battle for subscribers, will only serve to benefit the quality of life in Utah.

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