ODESSA, TX — The longtime Ector County newspaper, the Odessa American, announced Tuesday that it will switch to a “digital-first” format.
According to the announcement, from Saturday, April 30, the American from Odessa will put his daily newspaper strictly online. Subscribers will still receive the same journal format, but it will not be printed.
“Subscribers to the Odessa American will receive the digital ‘e-edition’ of our 7/7 newspaper each morning via email delivered directly to their e-mail account. In addition to this new daily e-edition 7/7″ , OA said in the announcement. “The traditional print edition of the Odessa American will continue to be delivered to subscribers on Wednesdays and Saturdays (the weekend edition) via US Postal Mail beginning April 30. These editions will also be available for purchase in shops and stores.”
The shift from newspapers to online platforms continues to be a growing trend, especially in major cities. The San Angelo Standard Times stopped printing the newspaper locally years ago. The print version is produced out of town.
In April 2020, The Standard Times put his building up for sale. The downtown building was purchased by the City of San Angelo. In the deal, the city agreed to pay the $28,000 in property taxes owed on the building.
As for the American from Odessa, the legendary newspaper claims to have made the decision for the following reasons:
“We live in a time when it has become all too clear that the fastest and most efficient way to deliver information to you and our other readers and viewers is digitally,” the OA said. “The Odessa American is fortunate to already have hundreds of digital-only subscribers and our online audience continues to grow steadily.”