It’s the end of an era in Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas.
Officials with Northwest Arkansas Newspapers this week announced that its four local daily papers are being consolidated into a single, regional section of the northwest edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Beginning Jan. 12, Fayetteville’s 154-year-old Northwest Arkansas Times, along with the Springdale Morning News, Rogers Morning News and Benton County Daily Record will cease to exist as individual newspapers.
The content of those papers will instead be printed as section “B” of the Democrat-Gazette, a newspaper that currently comes wrapped inside one of the four dailies, depending on the city.
The paper will continue to be delivered daily with early morning delivery and distribution. Daily print subscribers to the newspaper will continue to receive access to the digital version, according to a news release issued Monday.
Along with the shuttering of the four dailies comes the loss of 15 jobs — nine in the newsroom and six in other departments — and two newsrooms in Benton County.
Production of the company’s 10 weekly publications is not affected by the change.