October 26, 2004 in City

Paper is largest in S-R history

The Spokesman-Review

To our readers:

Welcome to The Spokesman-Review’s “Big Day” newspaper. This is a big day because we have produced the largest one-day edition in the history of the newspaper, more than doubling our regular circulation.

Nearly 250,000 copies of the paper have been distributed in counties throughout parts of Washington, Idaho and Montana, including many areas where The Spokesman-Review is not routinely available.

Copies have been home-delivered to thousands of nonsubscribing Spokane-area households. And more than 70,000 free papers have been made available at convenience stores and other locations outside the newspaper’s circulation area.

The intensive effort will, among other things, promote the availability of online editions of the newspaper, particularly useful for readers who live outside home delivery areas.

Today’s newspaper is “big” in other ways. Approaching 100 pages of news and features, the paper includes a 16-page voter’s guide, a 12-page sampler of our “7” entertainment publication and an 18-page IN Life section, as well as main news and sports sections totaling 54 pages.

If you’re catching up to The Spokesman-Review for the first time (or the first time in a long time), let us know what you think. A complete list of news staff names and phone numbers appears in Section B. Or you can contact me at (509) 459-5423 or e-mail me at editorforum@spokesman.com.

Steven A. Smith,  Editor

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