Tuesday, February 24, 2009

DN: Less is more

The Daily News has announced finalized plans for its impending redesign of the paper.

Calling it more "reader friendly," the redesigned Daily News will no longer have dedicated Business and Opinion pages in the Monday edition. There are also several minor structuring changes - comics and puzzles have been moved to the front section on both Mondays and Tuesdays, for example.

Readers are decidedly nonplussed by the announcement. One commenter, posting to the DN's Topix board, calls the decision part of the "intentional suicide of an industry". Another poster expressed concern about the ever-shrinking size of the paper : "No opinion on Monday, what no one cares on Mondays? "

In tough financial times, tough financial decisions are understandable. However, reducing the amount of quality journalism to the community benefits no one and does nothing to improve the long-term viabilty of the newspaper.

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