The shrinking Washington Post

Like many newspapers across the country the Washington Post is reducing the size of the paper.  The Post has always had a separate Business section seven days a week but that will be changing on March 30.

Post to Move Its Business Coverage Into The A Section

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Washington Post, taking another step toward trimming the size of its newspaper, is folding its stand-alone Business section into the A section six days a week and drastically reducing the publication of stock tables.

Bringing financial news inside the A section will reduce the newspaper from five to four sections Monday through Saturday, not counting weekly feature sections such as Health, Food and Home. Business will remain a separate section on Sunday. The changes take effect March 30.

“From a reader-experience point of view, having business and economic news in the A section — overlapping with national, international, political and policy news — makes a great deal of sense,” Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli said yesterday in an interview. But he did not dispute the fact that the loss of a section would mean less prominence for many business stories.

I noticed since the economy went down the toilet the Business section has been very busy. Business columnist Steven Pearlstein has been busy as ever since last year. Before the economy went downhill the Business section of the Post didn’t have much to read about. But it seems odd that now with all the economic news going on they decide to move the Business section to the A section of the paper.

I read both the print and online edition of the Washington Post, so it’s gonna seem odd to not see the separate Business section on March 30.

This is the latest belt-tightening move by The Post, which has been shrinking its print product and its staff numbers, like most newspapers across the country. Earlier, The Post eliminated the Sunday Source and Book World sections and combined the Sunday Arts and Style sections.

I miss the Sunday Source and Book World sections.

You can read the entire article here.

One response

  1. “Broadsheets” here in the UK have nearly all downsized to tabloid format or somewhere in-between (but nearer the smaller size). You get used to it. Consensus seems to be that they will all reduce to the size of our monitors soon …

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