OLD Media Moves

San Jose Mercury News returning to standalone biz section next week

March 3, 2010


San Jose Mercury News editor Dave Butler sent the following announcement to the paper’s staff on Tuesday evening:

“I am pleased to announce that as of next week will be returning to a stand-alone Business section every day of the week! (Or at least, that’s the plan!)

“As you all know, we moved Business into the Local News section on some days because of newshole, advertising and production issues. Well, we seem to have addressed those matters and our friends in the make-up department tell us that they believe they can dummy a paper each day that has Business as a stand-alone section, with full-color on the cover. Unfortunately, it may well be just 4 pages on some days and none of us likes a section that small. And like now, there are some days when it must be printed in the pre-run.

“But, we promised to do this at our earliest opportunity and so that’s what we’re doing. The vacationing Steve Trousdale should be pleased upon his return.”

The paper becomes the third major metro daily that cut its standalone business section to return the section. Last year, the Chicago Tribune brought back its business section after a redesign of the entire paper had cut it. And the Orange County Register returned its standalone section from Thursday through Saturday.

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