The Bellingham Herald launches expanded weekend newspapers

To our readers:

The Bellingham Herald is changing to ensure we are able to meet the needs of our readers and the communities we serve long into the future. More and more of our customers are engaging with our local journalism online. This is not unique to Whatcom County. It is a widespread trend in journalism and in many industries.

Starting July 5, we will launch a new weekend offering with expanded newspapers on Fridays and Sundays and access to the Saturday edition exclusively online. While we will no longer produce a printed newspaper on Saturday, we will continue to publish the strong independent local journalism you expect from The Bellingham Herald online, seven days a week.

Here are the changes you can enjoy:

Friday: Your newspaper will have new puzzles as well as expanded sports and new themed content called “Uplift,” your source of good news for the weekend.

Saturday: We invite you to “go digital” and visit our website or eEdition, which replicates the experience of a printed newspaper online. You’ll also find our EXTRA EXTRA digital supplement with more national, international and entertainment news and Sports Xtra, our sports supplement.

Sunday: In addition to the usual comics content, we will add the puzzles and comics that you love to read in your Saturday paper as well as expanded Food news and recipes.

We now provide many different ways to connect with The Bellingham Herald — at, on mobile apps, newsletters, on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, and starting June 17, through daily flash briefings on your Alexa or Google Home device. These digital platforms are accessible wherever you go and whenever you want.

We are making this change to invest in our digital offerings for a large and quickly growing audience. In fact, our digital visitorship is now bigger than our print readership on Saturdays. That is why we are shifting more and more of our resources online.

As we make this transition together we want to thank you for your loyalty and investment in The Bellingham Herald. We are dedicated to providing this community, one we care deeply about, with independent, fact-based news and solutions for local businesses that help them thrive and grow for many years to come. This is another step to make progress towards this goal.

Thank you.

— Rusty Dodge, general manager, The Bellingham Herald