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October 2008

Newsquest has proposed a restructure at its North and East London titles that would result in 12 positions being cut, which union officials claim would put the newspapers at risk, HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk reported Tuesday.

The cut would affect the Waltham Forest Guardian, Wanstead and Woodford Guardian, and Epping Forest Guardian.

“This is a savage cut to the already overworked, stressed and underpaid journalists that work for these titles. Only recently the father of the chapel raised concerns with the MD about journalists' workloads,” Don Mackglew assistant organiser for the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), told HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk.

Last week at an NUJ chapel, journalists showed concerns at the submitted cutbacks. Mackglew said the new proposal will hurt the quality of journalism at the titles. The NUJ is having meeting with management to approach the proposals.

Newsquest's group editor, Dan Mason, could not be reached for comment, HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk stated.

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Alexandra Zeumer

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2008-10-08 04:42

The East Valley Tribune will lay off 142 people, reduce its publication schedule to four days a week and begin free distribution, due to dwindling advertising and lower readership numbers, the Arizona, United States-based newspaper announced Monday.

As of January, the company said it would end its presence in Scottsdale and Tempe and close its Scottsdale newsroom in order to concentrate on other East Valley areas, the Arizona Republic reported Tuesday.

This is the third time the newspapers have laid off employees this year, and the current staff cut equals 40 percent of its current employees.

The paper will be delivered on driveways and made accessible in racks four days a week, probably on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the Arizona Republic reported.

The Tribune has a paid and free distribution of about 100,000, said Julie Moreno, the Tribune's publisher, according to the Arizona Republic. “We want to preserve this voice for the East Valley and position for success in the future, and we're hopeful these actions will allow us to do that.”

Irvine, California based-Freedom Communications owns the Tribune, along with 110 other newspapers and eight TV stations.

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Alexandra Zeumer

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2008-10-08 03:48

Google has launched an enhanced blog tracking service, which allows user to find out worth reading comments among a bunch of them, AFP reported, according to the article posted on Yahoo Tech News.

The new service, called Google Blog Search tool, was rolled out last week. It competes against Techmeme, Polymeme, Wikio and other "memetrackers" which enable sorting and organising blog posts into categories.

"We're pleased to launch a new homepage for Google Blog Search so that you too can browse and discover the most interesting stories in the blogosphere," according to Google product manager Michael Cohen in an Internet posting.

Google applied technology from its News site, to "categorise blog postings into clusters based on topics, stories or events", according to the AFP article posted on Yahoo Tech News.

For example, As of Friday morning, a leading category at Google Blog Search was the debate happening the previous night between US vice presidential contenders Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.

The service indicated that 1,620 blogs were compiled in the category during the last 19 hours, AFP reported.

The leading item was a Huffington Post piece that ex-officials from the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush believed Biden beat Palin in the debate.

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Erina Lin

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2008-10-07 07:53

Newspaper recycling bins are being set up in several stations around London in an attempt to get readers to recycle their newspapers, Brand Republic reported Monday.

Associated Newspapers, which owns free daily Metro, is placing the bins in Watford, West Ruislip, Stanmore, Cockfosters, Hainault and High Barnet stations.

Associated Newspapers is also running ad campaigns and messages in the paper to push readers to recycle.

“Last year we worked with our contractors Tube Lines and Metronet to recycle 40% of all litter left on the Tube and on our stations. We want to increase the amount of newspapers we recycle and hope that the introduction of the first recycling bins on the Tube will help us do that,” said Marian Kelly, London Underground's environment manager, according to Brand Republic.

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2008-10-07 07:52

Newspapers in Australia that are still profitable are “being butchered,” Michael Gawenda, former editor-in-chief of The Age and director of Melbourne University's Centre for Advanced Journalism, stated in opinion piece, out Tuesday.

“The editorial cuts announced by Fairfax Media recently, in response to a dramatic fall in advertising revenue, were chilling. A failure of imagination and commitment, a result of a lack of experience and knowledge and love of newspapers, has taken Fairfax, owner of The Age, down the slash and burn path, a path tried by newspapers in other places that has led to even more rapid declines in circulation and readership and, ultimately, profitability,” Gawenda stated.

Gawenda's views will be given in a lecture at the university Tuesday evening, The Age reported.

“Imagine Melbourne without The Age and the Herald Sun or Sydney without The Sydney Morning Herald and the Daily Telegraph. Imagine Australia without The Australian. If you can imagine such a future, that's in part because of our failure to produce newspapers that attract the sort of fierce and life-long loyalty they once attracted,” Gawenda wrote for lecture, according to The Age.

Newspapers must build a “community of readers,” Gawenda stated. “Newspapers need to be in the business of news, but they need to report news that only a newspaper can do well.”

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2008-10-07 07:46

Gannett Co., Inc. has borrowed US$1.2 billion "demonstrating the growing rush by businesses to lock in funding as commercial paper markets shut down around them," the Financial Times reported Saturday.

Gannett is the largest U.S. newspaper publisher, as measured by total daily circulation. Its assets include flagship USA Today and the weekly USA Weekend, along with many others.

Gannett, which has been hit by declines in the U.S. newspaper market and turbulent U.S. economy, made agreements with Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Barclays to repay commercial paper, the Financial Times reported.

Earlier last week, Gannett announced it took the “prudent liquidity measure” of drawing down on its facilities as of September 30. Standard & Poor's rating services stated last week that Gannett had “significant untapped availability under its $3.9bn of committed revolving credit facilities, far in excess of (its) total commercial paper obligations.”

After the huge and unexpected losses from the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers almost three weeks ago, investors are leaving money market funds with investments in bank and company debt.

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Alexandra Zeumer

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2008-10-07 07:35

Monthly digital marketing magazine Revolution will be redesigned for the first time in 11 years as part of a makeover to emphasise its "smarter digital marketing" edge, Press Gazette reported Monday.

The magazine will also relaunch its Web site, revolutionmagazine.co.uk, early next year.

“The reason it hasn't been redesigned before is that people love the content, the features and analysis they got, which has carried the magazine through. But online, people are a lot less patient; you have five or six seconds to grab their attention," said Gareth Jones, editor of Revolution, according to Press Gazette. "The redesign (of the print magazine) reflects that by being a lot more accessible and easier to read. We're creating a magazine for people who are used to being online.”

Jones added that the magazine's redesign will represent the change of peoples' reading tendencies.

“A lot of the other trade magazines will take marketing campaigns and marketing strategies on face value. The whole point of Revolution is looking at what's next. For example, our cover feature has industry experts looking at the next ten years of Google,” he said, according to Press Gazette.

Revolution has an estimated circulation of 11,812, of which 8,342 are free. The rest are single copy subscription sales.

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Alexandra Zeumer

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2008-10-07 07:20

Numerous companies will likely follow prominent UK advertising firm WPP Group in relocating their headquarters abroad amidst tax concerns in the country, WPP Chief Executive Martin Sorrell has announced, the Financial Times reported Monday.

The firm recently became the sixth and the largest company to move overseas when it moved to Ireland due to the “complexity” of the UK tax policy, reported the Financial Times. Modifications to the taxation on foreign revenue may augment the tax costs of companies that gather large portions of revenue from abroad, according to Bloomberg.

“It's clear from what I have heard that the government must rethink its strategy on taxation, as many council members reaffirmed that the current system is highly likely to drive more great wealth-creating enterprises like Sir Martin's WPP to base their headquarters overseas where they feel the tax demands are fairer,” said UK's Mayor Boris Johnson, according to the Financial Times.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown reduced the corporate tax rate from 30 percent to 28 percent while he was finance minister in March last year. However, he was criticised for moves such as the taxation of foreign dividends and the restructuring of the charges of capital gains, according to Bloomberg.

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Alisa Zykova

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2008-10-07 07:08

Mobile network operator Vodafone UK is parnering with with GoSpoken.com to provide books on mobile phones through a new feature called Books on Mobile, TradingMarkets.com reported Monday.

High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) will allow a three-hour-long audio book to be downloaded onto a phone in about three minutes.

GoSpoken.com teamed up with UK publishers like Penguin, Random House and HarperCollins and is currently aiming to expand into the European market, according to TradingMarkets. The site was launched by author Andy McNab and Tony Lynch, currently serving as managing director. The author started by recording 15-minute-long short stories and uploading them on iTunes, reports TradingMarkets. After a level of success, the two set up the service for mobile phones.

Vodafone Books may cost between £5-15 and expenses will be added to phone users' Vodafone bills each month, TradingMarkets reported.

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Alisa Zykova

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2008-10-07 06:59

BBC Global News is expanding its partnership with YouTube by signing an agreement to add six new BBC video channels, each for a different language, BBC announced Friday.

The new channels will be in Urdu, Persian, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic and Russian, and will be launched at the end of the year on the existing BBC World News channel, the BBC announced on its Web site.

The stories will be broadcast daily across the different language YouTube channels and each one will be adapted to its particular viewers. The videos will also be available via the Google Video search, according to a BBC statement.

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Alisa Zykova

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2008-10-07 06:31

U.S. Internet users as well as online ad revenues are expected to grow steadily in the period from 2006 to 2011, according to Yankee Group and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), SFN's World Digital Media Trends 2008 reported.

The U.S. online population only accounted for 190.5 million in 2006. However, the number increases every year and is expected to reach 200 million by 2009, and then exceed 205 million in 2011.

Online ad revenues in the country, on the other hand, are rising throughout the years, too, according to Yankee Group and IAB. The revenues will boost from US$17 billion in 2006 to more than $34 billion in 2009, and will reach more than $50 billion in 2011, the research groups predict, according to the World Digital Media Trends 2008 report, released by SFN and the World Association of Newspapers.

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Erina Lin

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2008-10-04 07:46

For nearly four months, the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) and the national postal service, Ukrproshta, have been in disagreement over the costs of subscription and distribution of printed publications. The two sides have now agreed that an increase of 27 percent would be acceptable, Gipp.ru reported.

Initially, Ukrposhta intended to raise prices by 60 percent by 2009, but then dropped the figure to 55 percent, and then to 44 percent.

The change to a 27 percent increase in costs came about after talks with Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko, who asked the country's Justice Minister Nikolai Onishuk to refuse the Ministry of Transport and Communications' call for a 44 percent increase in subscription and distribution prices of newspapers and magazines, according to Gipp.ru.

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Alisa Zykova

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2008-10-04 07:42

Yahoo! Inc. and Google Inc. will delay their online advertising partnership until U.S. regulators finish their investigation on the deal, Bloomberg reported Friday.

The U.S. Justice Department and Google came to an agreement today, but no official announcement has been made, according to a “person with knowledge of the decision,” Bloomberg reported.

No date has been set for an end to the investigation, according to Bloomberg.

Herb Kohl, chairman of the U.S. Senate's Antitrust subcommittee, on Thursday warned Congress to be wary of the deal, Wired News reported.

“Should the amount of advertising outsourced by Yahoo to Google grow significantly, we believe the threat to competition will also increase,” Kohl stated in a letter to Congress, according to Wired.

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2008-10-04 07:39

Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza is continuing its “photography school” by opening a new online video school for readers, Journalism.co.uk reported Friday.

Online lessons from staff photographers for readers, known as the “photography school of masters,” ran successfully from July 18 for eight weeks. Around 25,000 readers presented over 141,000 photos.

According to Grzegorz Piechota, editor of the Gazeta, the video school, run by Slawomir Idziak a Polish cinematographer, will have a similar set up as the photography school where readers are given homework, asked to contribute videos, and compete for a €3,000 prize awarded at a film festival presenting the school's videos.

“It is something completely new for us. Of course, we have video reporters at Gazeta and they produce online new shows, the company runs a video-sharing Web site, but we - the print guys - have never tried it before,” Piechota said, according to Journalism.co.uk. “Asking readers to get involved was natural: we always design our editorial projects in a way that engages readers. The thinking is: if it is interesting for us, it may be interesting for others. Everybody has a camera now and just a few are photography masters.”

Readers are asked by the school to use their mobile phones to take videos. The school is led in collaboration with TVN, Polish commercial TV broadcaster, and its sister news channel.

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Alexandra Zeumer

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2008-10-04 07:30

The New York Times announced an agreement with The Santa Fe New Mexican on Thursday to begin printing the paper at the plant in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States, the newspapers stated in a press release.

The agreement, beginning in early October, will allow The Times to expand its presence in Santa Fe, through weekday and Sunday newsstands and home delivery.

“This is the third print site expansion we've completed this year, following Dallas in January and Philadelphia in March,” Scott Heekin-Canedy, president and general manager of The New York Times, stated in the press release, posted by Forbes.com.

With the addition of the Santa Fe site, The New York Times is now printed at 25 locations throughout North America, Editor & Publisher reported.

The Santa Fe New Mexican's four-year-old German KBA press prints 16 additional commercial publications, according to the press release on Forbes.com.

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Alexandra Zeumer

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2008-10-04 07:24

The mobile device market's focus on Europe may shift to the United States in the future, Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said, suggesting that the country and its Silicon Valley may lead the mobile industry because there is “a lot of activity” there, Network World reported.

Kallasvuo said customers are demanding much more from their mobile devices, which has led Nokia responded to offer its Ovi portal that synchronizes and shares personal files such as music, games and images. The company also plans to launch its Nokia E-mail Service soon.

These new, evolving features might put the Web into perspective when people are on the move, with regard to information on users' locations and their friends' locations, Kallasvuo, said, according to Network World.

Nokia sells nearly 40 percent of the handsets around the globe and is increasingly investing in features that will complement mobile phones, according to Network World. The firm recently reported that it would be buying Oz Communications, a Canadian mobile messaging company. The mobile phone market is growing with regard to customer involvement, as users become more “willing and able to use mobile communications in new ways,” Network World reported.

Apple did the mobile industry a “big favour” when it launched the iPhone, Kallasvuo added. However, Nokia may have taken care to compete with the iPhone by releasing its first touch-screen device 5800 Xpress Music, Network World reported.

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Alisa Zykova

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2008-10-04 07:15

Cell phone connections may be becoming more popular than fixed phone lines in the United States, with more than a quarter of mobile phone users currently not using a “traditional wired phone,” according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Wireless Regional Customer Satisfaction Index Study, Information Week reported.

Telecommunications provider Verizon ranked highly in the northeast, mid-Atlantic, southeast, north central and western regions of the country, the research showed. Verizon was also found to offer good call quality and brand image around these regions.

Verizon Wireless stated in the study that it spends US$5.5 billion each year on its own system, adding up to more than $45 billion since the company's start, Information Week reported.

According to the study, the general U.S. trend shows users are opting for wireless phone connections, particularly users ages 18 to 24. Almost 30 percent of the younger consumers abandoned their landline phones, as opposed to 9 percent of users above 65, according to Information Week.

Call quality was found to be the most significant factor in regard to wireless, acquiring 32 percent of the votes. In decreasing order, the rest of the factors were brand image (17 percent), service cost (14 percent), service plan choices (14 percent), billing (12 percent) and customer service (11 percent).

In the Southwest, T-Mobile was found to rank higher, according to Information Week.

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Alisa Zykova

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2008-10-04 06:45

Almost 75 percent of Facebook and MySpace users feel “closer” to brands that involve them in “give-and-get” communication within a social networking framework, Brand Republic reported Friday.

Dialogue with the customer may build a brand's value on MySpace and Facebook and in order to become more popular amongst consumers, a brand may have to aim beyond being solely a “friend” or “fan.” According to research by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, 12 percent of Facebook users became fans of a given brand while 23 percent of MySpace users became friends with brands.

Nearly three-quarters of users featured in the study mentioned that if a brand listened to their thoughts and reacted to comments and inquiries, then might feel more connected to it.

The research suggested that brands may pitch ideas or topics to users, hence encouraging discussions. There may not have to be a need to focus on the brand itself or to have only positive feedback, according to Brand Republic.

“Negative comments need to be answered, not ignored, and comments kept up, not removed, as an exercise in transparency,” writes Brand Republic. “The conversation with consumers has to be of interest to them, such as giving them something to engage with, rather than directly asking for feedback on a project.”

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Alisa Zykova

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2008-10-04 02:47

British mobile instant messaging (IM) is expected to continue growing its growth, which began in 2006, into 2012 in terms of the number of users and percentage of active users, according to IT services and business consultancy firm Capgemini, SFN's World Digital Media Trends 2008 reported.

Mobile IM users only totalled two million in 2006, but grow strongly throughout 2012. The number is predicted to reach 12 million in 2010, and is expected to achieve 32 million in 2012.

In terms of the percentage of active users, according to Capgemini, it only accounted for 0.8 percent in 2006, but is expected to reach 2.6 percent this year. Its growth is expected to accelerate, with the percentage exceeding 16 percent in 2012, according to the World Digital Media Trends 2008 report, released by SFN and the World Association of Newspapers.

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Erina Lin

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2008-10-03 07:45

Looking to cost-cuts, Japan's two largest newspaper publishers, Asahi Shimbun Co. and Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings, will merging their printing facilities, Editor & Publisher reported Wednesday.

The companies are asking other publishers to join their consolidating measure.

As of 2011, Asahi will print about 200,000 copies of Yomiuri Shimbun for readers in that district and eastern Tokyo, at its Funabashi plant in Chiba. By 2013, Yomiuri's Sakaide plant will print about 150,000 Asahi Shimbun copies for the Shikoku area along with western Japan's Kagawa, according to E&P.

Asahi is closing it Marugame plant in Kagawa.

The companies are also discussing joint deliveries from the consolidated printing facilities, E&P reported.

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Alexandra Zeumer

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2008-10-03 07:40

Britain's Telegraph Media Group saw an increase in its operating profits of nearly 5 percent, to £34.3 million, last year, despite its £24.2 million payment to end a West Ferry printing deal with Express Newspapers to use News International's full colour printing presses, Media Guardian reported Thursday.

Revenue for the group, which publishes the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and telegraph.co.uk, grew by 4 percent to £355 million for 2007, according to Media Guardian.

Meanwhile, profits before taxes increased by £800,000 to £33.7 million. Operational earnings after exceptional costs amounted to £11.8 million, which was a £1 million growth since 2006. Total exceptional costs for last year were £23.8 million.

"The media market is developing rapidly as digital technology, and the spread of broadband access, fundamentally change the manner in which consumers access news and information. This is impacting on the business environment in which the industry operates," said the company's directors, according to Media Guardian.

The directors further pointed out that the company's position was in favour of benefiting from market changes since it tailored its multimedia publishing to advertisers demands, Media Guardian reported.

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Alisa Zykova

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2008-10-03 07:38

The total number of mobile phone subscribers in China reached almost 616 million at the end of August, surpassing U.S. and European markets by far, Mobilewhack.com reported. In fact, there are double the number of mobile phone subscribers in China as there are people in the United States.

Cell phone users increased by 1.3 percent each month and by 19.5 percent each year, according to the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

"China is the major market in the world for basically anything. With a good product and a good marketing campaign, your company can make lots of money of the Chinese market. In the cell phone business that appears to be the case" as well, Mobilewhack stated.

Fixed phone line users amount to slightly over 354 million people. Mobilewhack.com wrote that almost one in two people use a mobile phone, whereas only 1 in 4 use a fixed phone in China.

According to Phones Review, nearly 57.3 billion text messages were sent in August alone in China, with an average of three messages sent per person, per day.

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Alisa Zykova

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2008-10-03 07:24

Free Dutch daily DAG was published on Wednesday for the last time, Newspaper Innovation reported.

The headline read “Laatste DAG,” which means “Last Day.”

Although DAG will no longer be out in print, the brand will continue to have an online and mobile presence, according to Newspaper Innovation.

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Alexandra Zeumer

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2008-10-03 07:15

The Tampa (Florida) Tribune has announced it will trim the newspaper's size and cut staff numbers, the St. Petersburg Times reported Thursday.

Well-known columnist Joe Brown, was laid off on Monday, along with four other editorial staff members. Earlier in the year, U.S. newspaper company Media General, the Tribune's owner, announced it would cut 250 jobs by the end of the year at all its Florida holdings, including a television station and Web site.

Janet Coats, the Tribune's editor, would not give much information on how the paper would look when its smaller design launches Monday, but there is talk that Tribune will reveal a two-section edition on weekdays, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Due to plunging advertising revenue and rising expenses, Media General is considering significant changes, especially to its business and editorial structures.

“The old (economic model) for newspapers is fading away…(but) I don't think the Internet will save newspapers, either. You need 22 Internet readers to produce the same revenue as one newspaper reader,” said Brown, the St. Petersburg Times reported.

Coats said that “people tend to be skimmers during the week, reading more in depth in the weekend. People use the paper differently now, and we have to reflect that.”

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Alexandra Zeumer

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2008-10-03 07:12


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