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Fort McMurray newspaper to stop publishing 6 times a week

The local newspaper that serves Fort McMurray is bracing for more change six months after a wildfire forced its staff to flee the city along with more than 80,000 other people.

Fort McMurray Today will publish twice a week, will focus on publishing more online

Fort McMurray Today, the city's biggest newspaper, announced it will publish twice a week instead of six times a week. (Twitter)

The local newspaper that serves Fort McMurray is bracing for more change six months after a wildfire forced its staff to flee the city along with more than 80,000 other people.

Fort McMurray Today has announced it will only publish two times a week and focus more on posting stories to its website.
   
It published six days a week before the fire.
   
Managing editor Olivia Condon says a lot has changed since the chaos in May, including that about two thousand subscribers no longer have homes.
   
But the main reason for the publishing change is Postmedia Network's strategy of delivering news in digital formats.
   
Fort McMurray Today is telling its readers that it will continue updating its website with news and information.
   
Condon says since the fire, Fort McMurray Today's hits from Facebook have increased tenfold.
   
Sheldon Germain, deputy mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, says the paper's decision to publish less often could pose a problem for the community.
   
But, at the same time, he said more people are going online to get the news.
   
During and after the wildfire, the municipality used its website and social media to update residents with information.

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