What we found nationally is a lot of people subscribe to the Deseret News National Edition because it’s a unique voice that reflects their values or informs their family in a rigorous and thoughtful way so they can make a difference in their families and communities. —Clark Gilbert, CEO of the Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — For the first time ever, Utah residents can subscribe to the Deseret News National Edition and the LDS Church News.
For the last two years, the Deseret News has been growing its National Edition, a weekly publication that provides deeper insights on how current events are impacting families in six areas of emphasis: faith, family, care for the poor, excellence in education, culture and financial responsibility, with an eye toward real-world solutions.
“The editorial team at the Deseret News identified a faith gap in many traditional U.S. newsrooms and created the National Edition as a source of rigorous news that fit the needs of many faith and family-oriented readers,” said Clark Gilbert, CEO of the Deseret News.
The Deseret News National Edition is distributed with the LDS Church News in the United States and Canada for an annual subscription of $30.
Now, regardless of whether readers have a current subscription to the Deseret News, another newspaper or no newspaper subscription at all, they can subscribe to the National Edition and the LDS Church News at an annual rate of $30 (roughly 60 cents a week), Gilbert said.
“What we found nationally is a lot of people subscribe to the Deseret News National Edition because it’s a unique voice that reflects their values or informs their family in a rigorous and thoughtful way so they can make a difference in their families and communities,” Gilbert said. “This is a great product that you can have in your home, that allows you to share great stories with your family and have great dialogue around the dinner table.”
A free copy of the Deseret News National Edition was recently delivered with the February edition of the Ensign magazine, a publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In a letter to readers, the Ensign encouraged its subscribers to consider the Deseret News National Edition as a source of news and analysis on topics related to faith and the family in contemporary society.
“While this weekly periodical is not an official publication of the Church, it promotes wholesome values and includes perspectives that are harmonious with the gospel,” the letter states. “It also provides a complementary perspective on issues that Church magazines would not normally address.”
What is the difference between the local Deseret News and the National Edition?
The local edition includes Utah news, sports, weather, obituaries, comics, coupons, etc., and offers seven- or three-day publications. The local edition also includes the LDS Church News.
The National Edition is published once a week and focuses exclusively on the six areas of emphasis, readily identified in separate sections of the paper. Every major article is data-driven with graphical information and national sources. The National Edition also includes a voices section with editorials and columns by prominent local and national writers. The content is not exclusive to any Christian denomination; the information is universal to like-minded believers with common faith and family values.
“It’s colorful and has a magazine feel to it,” said Paul Edwards, editor of the Deseret News. “There is a real yearning for rigorous coverage of areas that matter to families. We go hard and deep with penetrating stories, such as: What are the long-term economic and social implications of fewer families? How do families protect their children against the effects of media violence? How has America’s long tradition of protecting religious conscience come under attack in recent years? These are award-winning stories that are now part of the subscription to the Deseret News.”
To subscribe to the Deseret News National Edition, visit deseretnews.com/subscribe or call 1-866-628-4677.
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