OLD Media Moves

A day in the life of a biz editor who cuts stock listings

June 12, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

Someone called Arizona Daily Star busines editor Tim Steller an idiot. Another person told him they were cancelling their subscription to the paper.

Those were some of the reactions he got to the paper’s changes, including cutting the stock listings, to the business section.

Tim StellerSteller wrote, “The main changes are that the section is two pages shorter with a lot fewer mutual-fund listings as well as fewer stock listings. The two pages of market report that we had before are now consolidated into one.

“The one change I foresee making immediately is to the foreign-exchange chart. We used to list both the value of the foreign currency per U.S. dollar, and the amount of dollars (or cents) you can buy per unit of foreign currency. Now we just list the former. But I’m looking into putting both back in the chart.

“Also, three people wanted us to re-list the Thai currency, the baht. I’m not sure yet if three calls is enough to warrant a change. We’ll decide on the threshold after we see the full dimsensions of the response we’re getting.”

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