Wednesday, March 4, 2009

What's up with the skinny Tri-City Herald?

Yesterday I posted stats on the skinny News & Observer (38 total pages). In comments, a reader posts stats on the Tri-City Herald from a recent Sunday paper.

"A" Section: 8 pages
"B" Section: (Metro) 8 pages
"C" Section: (features) 8 pages
"D" Section: (sports) 8 pages

Total pages: 32

Hat tip: comments

UPDATE: Another reader has info on the Tri-City Herald here.


Anonymous said...

From newspapertrails2:

Scapegoating and workplace bullying have become the hallmark of McClatchy newspapers, courtesy of fearful managers seeking to point the finger of blame elsewhere.

And now we see why. The tone is set at the top.

They don't care who they hurt. They don't care who you are or what kind of work you've done. If they can bring you down, they will. It saves them money.
March 4, 2009 6:23 AM

Anonymous said...


Size wise, it’s no longer a newspaper.

It’s like a gymnast masquerading as a Sumo wrestler.

Call it a flyer, a handout, a circular, but it is no longer a paper.

But then, it was never news? Was it?

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Several weeks ago when one of the TCH four 8s showed up, there were two full-page ads in the A section. After taking away weather etc ... it left approximately three pages for news and each appeared to be about 40%-60% advertising.

It's embarrassing.

A few years from now when the veterans and best employees have been burned out and pick a different career path, (including me) will the kids in journalism school now maintain a sense of hope and visions to keep this industry going in whatever direction it is taking?

Anonymous said...

That particular Sunday paper was actually 48 pages. Your informer left out the E and F sections which were each 8 pages and included classified ads and 3 pages of Editorial.
Smaller papers are obviously a result of less advertising - plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

@3/4/09 12:36 p.m.: Advertisers seem to be doing OK so far (not great, mind you, but well enough). It's the tighter news hole in general that's been our greatest dilemma lately.

@3/4/09 11:12 a.m.: I was getting ready to go speak to my former journalism instructor's class when the first round of layoffs hit :(. It's hard to paint a rosy picture for the new generation when most of your friends have lost their jobs.