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Shreveport going to Berliner press

Gannettoid.com | news@gannettoid.com | Posted: Aug. 5, 2009 • Morning report

The following memo from Pete Zanmiller, the president and publisher of The Times in Shreveport, La, sent a memo to the paper's staff announcing the paper has been approved to begin installing a Berliner press.

The same type of press was installed at the Lafayette (Ind.) Journal & Courier in July 2006. This is a move that has been talked about for two years, but stalled out due to the economy. A Berliner defines the size of newsprint and is in between broadsheet and a tab. It's considered more "portable" and European looking. The new press is expected to help save millions in production costs.

This is what Gannett said about the move when Lafayette made the switch: "The Journal & Courier front page now will be 12 inches wide and 18 inches in length. Berliner format is similar to a tabloid, but unlike a tabloid, has sections like a traditional broadsheet newspaper. It is nicknamed Berliner because the size is more common in Europe."

Here is the memo:


It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I let you all know that we finally received approval on our press project. I am happy to announce that we have been given the green light to proceed with the construction of a new press hall and theinstallation of the Berliner press. Andy and Doug are working with the contractorand architect to plan and coordinate the construction. The exciting news is that work on the building will begin as early as today, yes TODAY.

You will notice work being performed on the property adjacent to the newsprint warehouse starting as immediately.

I return next week I will hold a employee meeting to review the plans and timing of the construction plan so you all will be up to speed. I just wanted you to hear itfrom me prior to work beginning.

Now that we have finally been given approval the diffucult work begins as we move to the next generation of our printed product. I am excited about the opportunity and look forward to the entire operation working on this opportunity.

If you receive inquiries from outside media please refer all inquirees about the project to my office to insure accurate and consistent communication is given. Please let me know if you have any questions.

I look forward to celebrating with all of you when I return.


Pete Zanmiller
President & Publisher
The Times/Shreveporttimes.com


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