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The Citizens outsource delivery of newspapers

COVINGTON -- Delivery of the Newton Citizen, Rockdale Citizen and Gwinnett Daily Post has been outsourced to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it was announced today.

Triple Crown Media Inc., owner of the Daily Post and Citizen newspapers, and the AJC have entered into an agreement that integrates delivery of their print products into one system with one set of carriers.

"Like every company operating in this difficult economic environment we are continually exploring strategies to reduce costs while improving services for our readers and advertisers. We think the strategic partnership with the AJC will help us achieve both of these goals," said Mike Gebhart, executive vice president for TCM.

The AJC will pick up the newspapers at the Daily Post offices in Lawrenceville where the Post and Citizens are printed and transport them to distribution points for AJC carriers.

"We expect that our customers will see no difference in their delivery service as a result of this agreement," said Alice Queen, publisher of the Newton Citizen and Rockdale Citizen. "Carriers for both of our newspapers have been traveling the same routes every day. It just makes sense for us to use one delivery force."

The Gwinnett Daily Post delivers to 61,000 households daily and 104,000 Sunday in Gwinnett, Barrow, Jackson and Hall counties. The Rockdale Citizen has a circulation of 6,000 in Rockdale and Henry counties, and the Newton Citizen has a circulation of 4,000 in Newton, Jasper and Walton counties.

The three-year agreement calls for the AJC to take over delivery of the Citizens and Daily Post on March 30.

The transition will be transparent to Citizen and Daily Post customers.

The agreement does not impact delivery locations, dates or times and the Citizen newspapers will continue to maintain a customer service department for subscribers.