OLD Media Moves

Des Moines paper cuts standalone business section

January 16, 2009

The Des Moines Register has become the latest Gannett newspaper to cut its standalone business section.

In a letter to readers published Friday, publisher Laura Hollingsworth wrote that the Metro & Iowa section and the Business section would be combined into one section, starting Monday.

The paper will also no longer publish Saturday stock listings, but will publish some Iowa stocks of interest.

Hollingsworth writes, “I know that some of our loyal readers won’t jump up and down over these changes. But my hope is you’ll understand why we’re making them.

“What isn’t changing is our commitment to deep local coverage and stories that make a difference. We’ll continue our exclusive watchdog and public service journalism. We’ll bring expert coverage of issues related to education, health care, business and the environment.”

Read more here. Other Gannett papers that have cut their standalone business sections include the Indianapolis Star and the Tennessean in Nashville.

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