Longtime readers already know that the paper has changed more in the last two years than it did in the previous 20. The physical size of the paper is smaller. The number of pages is fewer. A wide variety of features, from comics to columns, have been eliminated. We have reduced the news staff by 40 percent, and the jobs of remaining employees now include producing an ambitious Web site in addition to the printed paper.Previous:
Still more changes are afoot, as we further tighten up on expenses to weather the worsening storm.
Beginning in January, the Monday through Thursday papers will be smaller and drastically reorganized. They will consist of two sections instead of the current four. The first section will include all local, national, international and business news, opinion and obituaries. The B section will start with sports, followed by features, classified ads, comics and weather.
On Friday, the paper will look much as it does now, with local news, business and obituaries in the A section. National and international news, opinion and weather will be in B. The main difference will be the elimination of the Life section. In its place will be the two Play entertainment sections. That's where you will find the comics, Ask Amy and Miss Manners. Perfect World will no longer appear.
The Saturday paper will be four sections: Local news, business and obituaries in the A section. National and international news, opinion and weather in the B section. Sports and Life, including comics, will be in the C section, with Classified in D.
On Sunday, the paper will be seven sections and only slightly reorganized. Local news, business and obituaries will be in the A section. B will be nation, world, opinion and weather. C will be Classified. D will be Sports. Life & Arts will be E. F will be Classified. G will be TV.
The two most significant changes in the Sunday paper will be:
• elimination of the standalone Outdoors section. Outdoors content will become part of the Sports section during the week; Travel and Science will move to the Sunday Life section, and
• reduction of the TV news from 24 to 16 pages, primarily by reducing the number of channels listed.
As the paper gets smaller, it makes less sense to have multiple sections of few pages. We can be more efficient with fewer, bigger sections. We recognize that this diminishes some of the convenience of the current organization of the paper for readers. For that I apologize.
Under our current circumstances, we simply don't have the choice of preserving the status quo. Our core mission is local news coverage, and the changes we're making in the paper are designed to preserve or enhance local news coverage -- in the paper and online -- and that is happening at the expense of other traditional elements of the newspaper.
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