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More Gannett papers cutting sections

A growing number of Gannett newspapers are reducing newsprint in 2009. Many are cutting sections to reach this goal.

The biggest news related to this is Detroit's digital push. But while Detroit reduced its home delivery, other properties are cutting back on the number of sections they print. Other Gannett properties are closing printing sites. In Arizona, the Tucson Citizen is expected to close soon.

• The Northern Colorado Business Report published a Jan. 27 article about the media coping with the recession. There have been many stories published on the topic (and feel free to e-mail some we should highlight), but we knew this story was good because it refers to Gannettoid.com.

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In Hawaii, The Honolulu Advertiser eliminated its TV book, stand-alone business sections and Saturday opinion pages. According to an Editor & Publisher story, the paper merged its book and arts sections into one page. According to a story by the Pacific Business News, several of the newspaper's editorial staff members, including cartoonist Dick Adair, recently retired or left the newspaper.


In California, The Desert Sun published a story Jan. 7 led by the news of changes to its business coverage. The paper will move its national business news and stocks report to inside the front section on weekdays, but expand its Sunday business section. Local business coverage will move to a new Valley section. The paper will also begin themed section on Wednesdays (Food & Drink), Thursdays (Health) and Saturdays (Home & Garden). The paper has changed its TV section from tabloid to broadsheet and reduced the listings. The paper's changes were covered in an Editor & Publisher story about business sections.


In Iowa, The Des Moines Register printed a letter to readers Jan. 16 from publisher Laura Hollingsworth discussing changes. According to the story, the paper will cut classified sections on Mondays and Tuesdays. The paper will also be "combining the Metro & Iowa and Business sections," health will be moved to inside IowaLife on Wednesdays. Comics, puzzles, Dear Abby and the TV grid will move into Thursday's Datebook section. Comics will remain in IowaLife the rest of the week and as a separate section on Sundays. Also, the paper will no longer publish Saturday stock listings, but will publish stocks of local interest.


In Indiana, the Journal & Courier in Lafayette published a letter to its readers Jan. 5 explaining changes first written about in a story Dec. 21 about how it would be shrinking its paper size and reducing sections. In the article, executive editor Julie Doll writes that many papers are describing the smaller paper as a more user-friendly product, but she doesn't share that view. "It won't be an improvement," she wrote, adding it's only a method to save money. The paper's main changes have to do with its Monday edition. Rather than the typical five-section paper, the J&C will be publish two sections on Mondays. The paper has also reduced the content in its Sunday television guide. In the Jan. 5 letter to readers, Doll briefly re-explained the changes. SEE THE FRONT PAGE HERE.


In Kentucky, The Courier-Journal published a letter to readers on the front page of its Jan. 5 edition. The paper immediately cut its Monday business section and Monday and Tuesday classified sections. The paper has also tightened some regular features of the paper, such as its daily Features section and Sunday TV Week section. Here's some commentary on the changes from the thevillevoice.com, a blog covering Louisville news. Here's some reader reaction.


In Colorado, the Fort Collins Coloradoan announced changes in a Jan. 4 article. The paper cut from five sections on Mondays and Tuesdays to two sections. According to the story, the first section includes local news, the opinion page, the "Nation and World" section and sports. The second section includes business news, Life, comics, TV listings, horoscopes, Dear Abby, obituaries, classified advertising, puzzles and weather. The paper also reduced its Sunday television section in half, to 12 pages. The paper ran a follow-up story Jan. 12. The paper joins the The Daily Advertiser in Lafeyette, La., to put sports inside a section on Mondays and Tuesdays. The Lansing State Journal remains the only known paper putting sports inside a section more than that, six days a week.


In North Carolina, the Asheville Citizen-Times will combine sections on some days and eliminate the classified section on Mondays and Tuesdays, according to a story by The Associated Press. The Ashvegas blog first wrote about this in a Dec. 23 post. The blog followed up with a Dec. 24 post. More was also written by Mountain Xpress with a Jan. 14 post and in a column by John Boyle in the Jan. 11 edition of the Citizen-Times. Asheville is also closing its printing site. Read about that here.


In Louisiana, The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette ran a story credited to publisher Leslie Hurst the day before its Jan. 5 changes. The biggest change is to being a one-section paper on Mondays and Tuesdays. Previous daily sections Accent, Growth & Business and Sports will now have coverage included in the front section. The Advertiser is also eliminating classified pages on Mondays and Tuesdays. The paper will also combine Sunday L and Accent sections, and move or eliminate some other content.


In Ohio, The News-Messenger in Fremont published a Jan. 3 story from publisher Cindy George Bealer about changes that began Jan. 5. The Messenger eliminated classifieds on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The story also said the paper will increase the size of its font in news columns beginning later in January, then reduce the width of the paper by one inch in March.


In Arizona, The Arizona Republic described changes in a Jan. 4 story. According to the article, the biggest changes are in the Tuesday editions, which now match the Monday sections in that four business pages are included inside the Valley & State section, and classifieds will be moved to the back of the sports section. Also, the paper's Viewpoints section was moved to the last four pages of the Valley & State section and the weekly television section has been reduced.


In Wisconsin, The Post-Crescent ran a story Jan. 4 about its changes. The paper combined coverage from its Local and State, Community, Nation and World, Obituaries and Weather sections into the first section. Sports leads the second section and includes content previously published in a separate section. The Life section is the third and includes content from the travel pages and The Crave. Classifieds fill the fourth section. The paper will also eliminate a special section to preview the Packers' 2009 season. That content will be included in the daily sports section.

Also in Wisconsin, the Green Bay Press Gazette wrote about similar changes in a Jan. 4 column by executive editor John Dye. The paper merged two Sunday features sections into one and eliminated some content from them. Also on Sundays, the Business and Nation-World sections have been combined. Other days, local, national, business news and obituaries now fill the first section and sports, features and classifieds fill the second. The paper has also dropped Saturday's opinion page, daily television listings and printing comics in color six days a week, keeping the color on Sundays.

A third in Wisconsin, the Wausau Daily Herald wrote about similar changes in a Dec. 20 article. The story mentions how the paper has had an increased focus on local news recently and states that shift will grow. The paper will also eliminate its weekly entertainment section as a stand-alone section in its Thursday papers. That content will now mainly be included inside another section, while other items will only be available online.

A fourth in Wisconsin, the Stevens Point Journal wrote about similar changes in a Dec. 20 article. The story mentions how the paper has had an increased focus on local news recently and states that shift will grow. The paper will also eliminate its weekly entertainment section as a stand-alone section in its Thursday papers. That content will now mainly be included inside another section, while other items will only be available online.

A fifth in Wisconsin, the Oshkosh Northwestern ran a Jan. 4 column by executive editor Stew Rieckman. The paper is reducing the number of comics it prints by four and changed its television listings format Dec. 29. This article says, "We didn't explain the change thoroughly enough." The article also said paper cuts "included the loss of one Accent page a week and some low-selling newspaper racks" being removed.


In Tennessee, the Tennessean published a story about changes from editor Mark Silverman. According to the story, the daily Local and Business sections will be combined, the Friday Weekend and Life sections will be combined, daily television listings will be eliminated and the Sunday Life and Travel sections will be combined.


In Florida, the Tallahassee Democrat first wrote about changes in a Dec. 28 story, and then followed up Jan. 4 with a Q&A explanation. The first article said the paper was eliminating its Sunday TV book, "Channels." Publisher Patrick Dorsey was credited as the author of the article and said that move alone "will save us the equivalent of at least three full-time jobs used to produce local news." On Mondays and Tuesdays, the paper has reduced from four sections to two. The first section these days includes main news, business coverage and Local Conversation. The second section includes the sports front, features and classifieds. These changes eliminate a separate health section on Mondays, Families section on Tuesdays and Local Conversation sections on both days. On Saturdays, the Faith and Local Conversation sections will be combined

Also in Florida, Florida Today announced its changes Dec. 7. Beginning Dec. 12, the paper cut its business section six days a week and moved the coverage to the back of the sports section. There will remain a separate business section on Sundays. The paper also made changes to its stocks page.


In Michigan, the Lansing State Journal announced Dec. 28 it will immediately change from typically printing four sections, to three sections. The biggest change, according to the paper's story outlining the changes, is the elimination of a separate section for sports six days a week. "Sports will begin on the back page of the Local/State section rather than as a stand-alone section," according to the article. The Local/State section will be the second in the paper. Sports will remain a separate section on Sundays. During the Gannett-wide layoffs of Dec. 3, the newspaper laid off 31 people (including two volunteers) and eliminated three open positions. Here's a non-Gannett story covering the paper's layoffs: City Pulse. None of the layoffs were in the sports department.


In Minnesota, the St. Cloud Times published two stories about changes in its Dec. 21 edition. Changes were announced in a letter to readers by publisher Bill Albrecht and covered more in a column by John Bodette. The paper's changes begin Jan. 5 and include remaining a five-section paper on Sundays, but cutting some national sports coverage, dropping its Sports Talk section and scaling back coverage in the Life section. On Wednesdays and Fridays, content from the Life section will be included in the first section. The paper is also reducing some regular content, such as dedicating less space to the daily weather section and eliminating its bridge column.


In Nevada, the Reno Gazette-Journal ran a column by executive editor Beryl Love on Dec. 28, and another story on Dec. 29. Love's column (available on his blog) begins with, "Layoffs suck," then touches on the paper firing 61 people earlier in the month before explaining the section cuts. The paper will no longer publish a Neighborhoods section five days a week. The section will not be printed on Mondays or Saturdays. The paper will also only include one opinion page instead of two every day except Sunday, and it will move to inside the main news section. Other changes on Mondays and Tuesdays will include the elimination of classified ads both days and combining the Nation & World sections with sports on Tuesdays.


In Alabama, the Montgomery Advertiser announced Dec. 21 that it will cut from four sections, to two on Mondays and Tuesdays. In the story, a column by executive editor Wanda Lloyd, other changes listed for the paper included combining two Thursday entertainment and feature sections into one and making some regular content only available online.


In Indiana, The Indianapolis Star announced changes in a Jan 4. letter to readers from publisher Michael Kane. The paper's first section will include national and world news, business news, daily opinion pages, weather and the Buzz entertainment page. The second part will include Metro + State and obituaries. Sports is the second section. The third section is Extra, with comics, TV and advice columns. Other content will be combined in the Extra section four days a week. This post from Ruth's Blog, at ruthholladay.com, had previously discussed possible changes at the paper.


In Ohio, The Cincinnati Enquirer published a letter to its readers on the front page of its Dec. 28 edition about changes that include eliminating its "traditional classified-advertising section" on Mondays and Tuesdays, moving its Life section to behind the Local section Mondays through Thursdays and moving its editorial page to the front section. The paper will also reduce its paper size in March and cut other content. The article was credited to publisher Margaret Buchanan. The story did not appear to be published online, but the paper has a PDF available of the page on its Web site.


In New York, the Star-Gazette in Elmira also published a Dec. 28 story about changes. The paper will print two sections, rather than four, on Mondays and Tuesdays. Classifieds will be cut from Monday and Tuesday papers and local and state news will be packaged with national and world news those days.


In Mississippi, The Clarion-Ledger announced changes that "will be our most visible to date and are necessary as we seek to minimize rising expenses." In the story, executive editor Ronnie Agnew said the paper will reduce to two sections on Mondays and consolidate sections and cut other content on other days. Wednesday and Friday newspapers will also have fewer news columns.


In Maryland, The Daily Times declared "A new newspaper for a new year." The Dec. 28 article said the paper has the capability to print color on virtually every page and that the paper will decrease the number of sections in the paper, but make the sections bigger. The article detailed the new sections: "The A section will be the "news" section and include local, regional, nation and world news, as well as the obituary, Voices and weather pages. The B section will include sports, business, classifieds, TV and comics pages."


In Delaware, The News Journal wrote about immediate changes in its Dec. 29 edition. The paper's business section was moved to the front section, and Life was merged into the Local section.


In Missouri, the Springfield News-Leader wrote Dec. 14 about changes. The paper eliminated the Spaces section on Sundays, and will combine some of that content into the Sunday Life section. The paper will also move news pages, obituaries and other content around in the paper.


More changes in store for Pensacola?

The Pensacola News Journal in Florida changed to a two-edition paper on Sept. 8, with a traditional front page for home-delivered papers and a different front for newspaper boxes. Executive editor Dick Schneider wrote then that Journal people who buy from paper boxes "are mostly young" and said the paper will do what it can to attract these readers with the half page they see in the box. Has Pensacola made changes similar to other Gannett newspapers this week? Contact us anonymously at news@gannettoid.com.


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