Media Moves

North Carolina paper to have business page once a week

May 10, 2008

The Lexington Dispatch, a daily newspaper in North Carolina, will stop having a business news page throughout the week and just have a business page in Wednesday’s paper, writes executive editor Chad Killebrew.

Lexington DispatchKillebrew writes, “Next week we will launch a revamped business page that will remedy many of these problems. Rather than have a daily business page, it will now appear on Wednesdays. Most of the page will be filled with the items I mentioned above. Many days it will contain a local business feature story and photo. It will also at times have interesting business stories from our wire services.

“Readers will now know to look for the page on Wednesdays to read about local business news, rather than wonder when an item will appear. This harkens back to the way we handled business news when I started at The Dispatch in 1989, when a business section appeared on Mondays.

“The change doesn’t mean we’re cutting back on our local business coverage. It just means it will appear in a different location. Timely business stories will now appear on page 1A or 3A. Rather than turn to the business page on a Saturday to read about the monthly unemployment rate, that story will now publish in print on the news pages. In fact, we have often moved major stories from the business page to the front page, such as an economic development announcement, merger or even some feature stories.”

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