The Press and Sunday Star-Times join forces

Last updated 07:45 07/07/2012
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This weekend marks an important development in the life of The Press, and our sister paper, the Sunday Star-Times.

From tomorrow, the Star- Times will be published in the South Island each week in association with The Press, allowing the newspapers to harness the collective power of their news operations.

Press reporters will contribute to the Sunday paper file, adding southern stories to the Star- Times' national perspective.

The newsroom at the new Press House in Gloucester St, Christchurch, also becomes a more fully seven-day-a-week operation, covering Christchurch, Canterbury and the South Island for all our Fairfax New Zealand news outlets, including The Press, the Sunday Star-Times, and press.co.nz and stuff.co.nz online.

Canterbury readers' edition of the Star-Times will continue to be printed at The Press' facility at Logistics Dr, Harewood.

Other Fairfax newsrooms around New Zealand, including The Dominion Post in Wellington, will also come on board to provide coverage from their areas to expand the national focus.

The Star-Times, meanwhile, has been restructured in response to reader feedback, creating a larger A-section to contain news and the popular in-depth Focus features, and letters. Canon Media Awards columnist of the year Simon Cunliffe will join the Star- Times lineup, and parliamentary reporter Andrea Vance will provide a fresh new view on national politics.

The Star-Times also includes Sunday, the only national glossy Sunday magazine, along with all the world, business, sport and motoring news you would expect from a national newspaper. Section B will now have world at the front, and sport coming in from the back, a structure familiar to readers of The Press.

The new association will be marked by incorporating The Press' famous masthead and crest into the banner on the front page of the Sunday Star-Times.

You can take out a joint subscription to The Press and the Sunday Star-Times for $39.40 a month payable on ExpressPay (direct debit). Phone 0800 786 329, or (03) 364-8464, or email subscribe@press.co.nz.

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