OLD Media Moves

N&O exec editor explains cutting stock listings

June 4, 2006

The (Raleigh) News & Observer’s executive editor, Melanie Sill, explained in her Sunday column why the McClatchy newspaper is cutting its stock listings during the week, and she notes that the paper started receiving complaints as soon as the announcement was made in the paper last week.

Sill wrote, “Newspapers are evolving; we’re a print and online ‘paper’ now, for instance. N&O readers have seen many changes in format and approach aimed at carrying out our journalistic mission in ways that address our times and our place.

Melanie Sill“Our franchise is deep, independent reporting on this region and state. Today’s front page carries one such effort, the first in a series of stories exploring explosive growth along North Carolina’s emerging ‘inner coastline.’

“Our Business section stands out not for stock tables but for independent reporting like the annual N&O Portfolio found in Work & Money today.

“The Portfolio (formerly N&O 100) looks at our state’s economy through the experiences of publicly traded companies here — through CEOs’ as well as workers’ viewpoints.

“If you’re unhappy about losing the stock tables, I hope you’ll understand that it’s this kind of work that sets The N&O apart and that remains our priority amid a clamor of information.”

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