The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Gannett will soon be adding USA Today to it's local papers.
With this change, the Republic and USA Today are essentially a hybrid. As print revenue continues to slide the USA Today side will grow and the Republic side will shrink. Eventually, your morning Republic will consist of a copy of USA Today with enhanced local coverage.
Here's what the WSJ said.
Gannett Co. Inc. said it will include a local edition of its flagship newspaper, USA Today, in 35 of its newspapers, in an effort to provide readers with expanded national coverage.
The publisher, which owns about 80 newspapers, piloted the program at its publications in Indianapolis, Ind., Rochester, N.Y., Fort Myers, Fla., and Appleton, Wis. this fall.
The added edition will include the national "News," "Money" and "Life" content of USA Today, with the USA Today "Sports" section being integrated into local sports sections. Rollout will occur throughout the first quarter of next year.