The National will become a weekly newspaper, starting on Saturday, April 17.

The National launched in Wales on St David’s Day, March 1, as a digital news service and with a special launch print edition. Following the success of that first edition, a second edition – an election special focusing on the upcoming Senedd contest – was published on Friday, April 9.

Now our publisher Newsquest has decided to take the print title weekly, creating four new journalism jobs here in Wales.

Your support in buying the first two editions of the paper has given us the confidence to make print publication weekly.

It also backs up what we have said all along, that the more you support us, the more we will do. We now have more than 500 digital subscribers and growing this remains our first goal.

When we reach 1,000 digital subscribers, we will hire a dedicated political correspondent. As we hit further benchmarks beyond that, we’ll be able to recruit dedicated specialists in areas such as culture, and the environment too.

The move to become weekly in print, however, is because you have shown us that there is demand for the type of journalism we are producing in a regular print format.

It will be published on Saturdays (but on sale all week) as for many of you, the weekend is when you have the time to take in something more weighty.

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This move means we’re creating four new roles to provide the extra things we need for a successful newspaper – a print production/content editor, two general reporters and a sports writer, as sport will be an important part of the print offer.

Our sport pages won’t just replicate the coverage of top-flight men’s rugby and football already done elsewhere. Instead, our they will be packed with features on Welsh sport, including coverage of topics that don’t always get the same exposure.

Thank you for your support so far on this exciting journey. We’re looking forward to doing more as we aim to fulfil our mission statement.

Please continue to support The National by buying the paper and becoming a digital subscriber.