OLD Media Moves

NY paper cutting Sunday WSJ content for its own

January 1, 2012

Posted by Chris Roush

Rex Smith, the editor of the Albany Times Union in New York, writes about the paper’s changed to its Sunday business section.

Smith writes, “You’ll notice the changes most if you have been a fan of the Sunday Wall Street Journal pages that we have published in our Business section for the past five years. Those pages, focusing on personal finance advice, are being replaced with a new Sunday Money page that we think will offer readers useful content in much less space and at considerably reduced expense.

“It’s not that we didn’t like the Journal pages. But in an era of diminished revenues, editors must choose where to spend a limited pool of dollars. Those pages cost us the equivalent of a full-time reporter’s pay and benefits. Local reporting is really what you expect the Times Union to deliver to you, and we promise to deliver it to you at a level of depth and quality that you won’t find elsewhere.

“With that as our goal, I can’t in good conscience sacrifice a local job and the unique reporting it can yield to preserve personal finance content similar to what you can find in so many other places.

“Because of production realities on our 41-year-old press, we have to shrink another section to match the newly configured Business section. Thus, our Perspective section will lose a half-page of content, while more than a page of advertising will move elsewhere in the paper.”

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