OLD Media Moves

Seattle Times cuts stock listings

December 10, 2006

Editor at large Mike Fancher wrote in his Sunday column that the Seattle Times would cut its stock listings beginning this week.

Mike FancherFancher wrote, “The Times will eliminate stock and mutual fund A-to-Z lists Tuesday through Friday. Instead, on those days, the Business Section will carry a Money & Markets page, with Northwest stock prices and key summary market numbers from the day before for stocks, mutual funds and bonds. The A-to-Z listing will continue to appear on Saturday.

“This change will be a hardship for some readers, but our research tells us that fewer and fewer of you rely on a printed newspaper to keep track of your investments. By dropping the tables, we save money on newsprint and we’re able to provide information that most investors will find more helpful than the old listings and more local information that readers can’t find elsewhere.

“‘We’re eliminating content that is available elsewhere and giving our readers what they can’t get everywhere else,’ said Becky Bisbee, Times business editor. ‘We kept the focus on Northwest stocks, with complete listings from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.’

“The new Money & Markets page will have larger type and more visual elements. Bisbee explained, ‘You can look at the page and quickly know which directions things are moving. You can see trends quickly. It’s not just eye candy, it’s informative eye candy.'”

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