The Hot Springs Sentinel-Record will be going almost completely digital soon.
According to the publication, publisher Walter Hussman Jr. will be replacing home delivery print subscriptions with a digital replica. This conversion is expected to take place by May 2021.
Despite the shift to digital, the newspaper is still expected to continue publishing seven days a week. Starting May 3, the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record will cease home delivery of its Monday through Saturday print issues. However, there will be a print issue of the Sunday issue, according to a report from the Hot Springs Sentinel Record.
Hussman previously took his flagship newspaper, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette digital in a bid to reduce costs. Hussman told Arkansas Money & Politics in 2019 that “the newspaper industry in America is verging on total collapse,” as more and more daily newspapers close up shop.
“It’s a real challenge for the Democrat-Gazette, too. We’ve got to figure out a new business model because the one we’re on just is not working,” he said.
He developed the idea of having all papers delivered to an iPad, where the newspaper would be available in a digital format. This digital format, according to Hussman, would excise costs related to paper and transportation for the papers.
In June 2019, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette introduced its ADG “Replica Paper” app, which allows readers to read a digital replica of the daily newspaper and receive live news updates throughout the day.