Tuesday, March 14, 2006

the shrinking business section

...of many major newspapers is due to the recent trend toward eliminating stock listings, long considered by many to be dinosaurs nearing extinction in an era when most people use online sources to track the rise and fall of their stocks. The change is a 2006 phenomenon, with papers in Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta cutting back or eliminating listings this year. Today, the New York Times announced it will follow suit, printing complete financial tables only in the Sunday edition and replacing daily and Saturday tables with expanded online features and two pages of market and economic information in the print editions. While rising newsprint costs are behind the change, there's speculation that readers will revolt...and that, without the financial tables as a core, business coverage may dwindle. Will you be fighting to get stories into a smaller business section? Stay tuned...

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