OLD Media Moves

Poeria Journal Star revamps biz coverage, drops stock listings

March 5, 2006

The Peoria newspaper notes that it has been covering business for 34 years longer than the Wall Street Journal, but is still willing to accept the WSJ’s editorial content into its Sunday paper, beginning today.

Peoria Journal StarThe Peoria paper is beginning a standalone business section to accommodate the content. Managing editor Jack Brimeyer writes, “Anchored on the front is the Business File column by Journal Star Business Editor Paul Gordon, who’s been reporting from the local business trenches for almost 15 years. That column – today’s is about competing Downtown hotel interests – moves over from Tuesday’s paper.”

Other changes to the Peoria business section include, according to Brimeyer: “Beginning today, you’ll find more daily coverage of local businesses, local business people and local business meetings.

“You will see a new page in Tuesday’s Business section and in Section A Wednesday through Saturday.

“This page will have a summary of the previous day’s stock and bond and mutual fund market activities with key indices, and stocks with the most activity, biggest gains or losses. We’ll give you currency exchange rates, money rates, select regional commodity prices and a listing of stocks of local interest, stocks that local brokers tell us are in many central Illinois portfolios.

“At the same time, we’ll be eliminating our Tuesday-through-Saturday stocks tables.”

And then there is the additional Wall Street Journal coverage inside on Sunday. Brimeyer notes, “This content will help us all make sense of the ever-changing world of finance and personal investing. Where there once was just one stock exchange, there now are several. Where there once were a handful of publicly traded stocks, there now are more than 15,000.”

Read his column explaining the changes here.

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