Delmarva News Journal, one of the biggest newspapers in Delaware, announced Friday that it would no longer publish newspaper obituates for deceased residents.
“While our goal is to preserve the memories of our readers, it is difficult to find a time or place for such a publication,” the paper’s editorial page said in a statement.
The newspaper will instead publish news items from other local newspapers, such as the News Journal and the Journal of Delmarvian Affairs.
The paper’s editor-in-chief, Scott E. Dennison, said the decision was not due to an inability to find time to publish obituations, but instead a desire to focus on news and events.
“We want our readers to know what’s going on in their community, and this is a way to do that,” he said.
He said the paper would continue to publish news for the next four months.
News articles are typically published in advance of publication, so the paper has no way of knowing whether the author will be in town for an upcoming publication.
The announcement came just days after the News Department said it was cutting its staff of 30 people.
The department said it had to reduce its operations to meet the new standards because it was facing a shortage of staff.
The News Journal is the largest daily newspaper in Delaware and the third largest newspaper in the state, after the Delaware News and Record.
It has a circulation of about 13,000.