The Manteca Bulletin is combining its Saturday and Sunday newspapers into the Bulletin Weekend Edition.
The Weekend Edition will also feature an all new section dubbed “209”. It is designed to serve as a guide to make the most out of living in the 209 Area Code that includes the Northern San Joaquin Valle, foothills, and Gold Country.
The new edition will be delivered Saturdays beginning Christmas weekend. The combined Saturday/Sunday edition will be available in racks and at newsstands all weekend. No Sunday paper delivery will occur beginning Christmas Day and on Sundays thereafter. All other delivery days will remain the same.
Publisher Dave Winegarden said the decision was made to enable the Bulletin to provide a better and more complete package for the weekend by focusing resources on what makes the most sense for our readers.
In addition to the new “209” section, you will receive an enhanced news and sports package, as well as Home Scene, the American Profile magazine, color comics and all the Sunday inserts delivered Saturday mornings.
“The Bulletin team is passionate about producing and delivering information of local interest, as a quick read in print, on the internet, and now with mobile technology,” Winegarden said. “We expect to deliver a better package of news and advertising earlier in the weekend for readers and shoppers, and we will always provide breaking news reports online and on our mobile site, as we do now.”
He added that advertisers will have a better shot at getting in front of consumers earlier in the weekend.
Winegarden said that while the economy has certainly challenged the company to make wise business decisions, he believes The Bulletin has made a number of positive changes suggested by readers over the past year.
“Our pledge is to do our very best to continue with our commitment to community news interests and marketing efforts in South San Joaquin County,” Winegarden said. “We truly appreciate our readers and advertisers.
Winegarden believes that readership growth both in-print and on-line this year are reflections that his team is doing some things right.
“I’m proud of the efforts by many to improve readership,” he said. “We’re heading in the right direction”.
Also on the horizon, and effective Jan. 3, The Bulletin will begin charging a subscription fee for total access to its website, MantecaBulletin.com , and mobile site, MantecaBulletin.com/m/. While Bulletin subscribers will have free access to both the website, and mobile site as a courtesy for being a newspaper subscriber, non-subscribers to the newspaper will have only limited access to these sites. A nominal subscription fee will be required to read The Bulletin’s local news content online after Jan. 3.
Winegarden points out that subscribers who haven’t already done so, will need to be registered as a subscriber for complete access to the web and mobile sites. If you have never registered and would like to, you are encouraged to do so. If you need assistance you may do so by contacting: webmaster@MantecaBulletin.com, or call us at 209-249-3500. Those already registered, just need to edit “My Profile” on the website home page to confirm that you are a print subscriber.