The Kansas City Star and the Topeka Capital-Journal on Wednesday announced a multi-year contract to print the Capital-Journal in Kansas City.
Printing of the Topeka paper is scheduled to start at The Star’s state-of-the-art Press Pavilion with the May 14th edition.
Because of the capacity of The Star’s presses, deadlines at both papers will not be affected.
The Star’s press plant, at 1601 McGee St., opened six years ago and houses four KBA Commander presses. The Star also prints an edition of The Wall Street Journal, the Pitch, the Riverfront Times of St. Louis and about 40 other publications.
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“There will be notable improvement in the quality of the printed product and the Capital-Journal will be able to offer more options to its advertisers and subscribers,” said Randy Waters, The Star’s vice president of production.
The Capital-Journal said it will be the fourth newspaper owned by Morris Publishing Group to outsource printing. The Capital-Journal, which also has a website CJOnline.com, dates back to 1858.
“This move is in no way a move away from the printed product, which remains a large and extremely important part of what we do,” Capital-Journal publisher Gregg Ireland said in a statement. “We’re not in the printing business. We’re in the information business.”