Kansan changes confirmed by publisher

Changes are coming to the Newton Kansan.

Sources within The Hutchinson News said that The News and Newton Kansan Publisher Steven Curd told staff at a Tuesday meeting in Hutchinson that the Newton Kansan will cut publication dates to three days per week. It now publishes five days a week.

Two independent sources present at the meeting confirmed that Curd brought the changes up while discussing area publications. Sources declined to be named because of their employment with GateHouse.

Gatehouse Media owns The Kansan and purchased The Hutchinson News in 2016. It recently announced the purchase this week of the Topeka Capitol Journal.

Newton Now reached Curd by phone, who declined to confirm the details of what he said during the staff meeting.

He said The Kansan would release a statement within 30 days.

“We are planning on putting a statement out to our readers about changes on our structure of the organization, including new administration,” he said.

Curd declined to say what the change in administration would look like.

“It deals with personnel,” he said. “We’re going to have a number of changes that involve the newspaper and leadership.”

Newton Kansan Managing Editor Chad Frey said he could not comment on the changes but readers and carriers were already  notified.

The Kansan was founded in Newton in 1872.

Correction: A previous version of the story said readers and carriers “would be” notified. Chad Frey contacted Newton Now to state that the carriers had already been notified and letters to subscribers  had already been sent out. We regret any confusion this caused.