Archive for Monday, July 2, 2007

Changes put local news at front of Journal-World

July 2, 2007


Inside today's Journal-World, you'll notice a difference. And it's one we think you'll like.

We've retooled the newspaper so we can sharpen our focus on local news - the news that directly affects you, your family and your neighbors.

From City Hall to your street, Lawrence news anchors the A section of a three-section paper on Monday through Friday. The Lawrence & State page now appears on Page 3A of the first section, followed by obituaries and the rest of the day's local news. Regional, national and international news moves to the back of the front section. The Opinion page also moves to the first section.

In this new configuration, we've anchored popular features, such as comics, puzzles and Annie's Mailbox, in the second section.

With local, national and international news in the first section, Sports opens the second section, followed by Business, comics and puzzles, and the weather page.

Pulse takes the lead in our third section, followed by Classifieds.

"Local news is what sets the Journal-World apart," said managing editor Dennis Anderson. "We are now giving our readers what they want at the front of the paper. The new three-section configuration also makes it easier to navigate the newspaper's news and special features."

Let us know what you think. Call or e-mail Anderson at 832-7194 or


Jean Robart 10 years, 10 months ago

I suppose that this means if a big news story happens outside Lawrence we'll have to go to the back of the first section to read about it? bad idea JW

LogicMan 10 years, 10 months ago

Just finished looking through it; seemed faster. "sharpen our focus" -- what, if anything, was cut out or shortened?

Mike Blur 10 years, 10 months ago

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cowboy 10 years, 10 months ago

maybe you could get someone to revamp the website now !

walkdog262 10 years, 10 months ago

Quote: "We've retooled the newspaper so we can sharpen our focus on local news."

This is newspaper-speak for "Ad revenues are down and newsprint costs are up, so we're cutting pages to save money and hoping readers won't notice."

But feel lucky. The J-W is still a great paper - and my guess is, it's often bigger than the new, "retooled" Minneapolis StarTribune I receive that is still reeling from drastic downsizing. Three million people in the Twin Cities and the sports section the other day was six pages! Nice work.

Godot 10 years, 10 months ago

The fewer AP stories, the better. By the time they hit the LJW, they are old, anyway.

Good job!

meggers 10 years, 10 months ago

I'm very disappointed with this change. I get the print edition and as far as I can tell, this will only reduce the number of stories printed in the paper. For example, today's Op-Ed page was a single page, rather than two.

I'll give it a few weeks, but if my suspicions are correct, I'll be cancelling my subscription.

dirkleisure 10 years, 10 months ago

Why don't they just call this story what it is?

We've eliminated a section of the newspaper and buried local news inside the front page. Despite the well worn truism of print media that most people read the front page first and the inside pages rarely, we think we can spin this thing.

If you want to put all your news and opinion in one section, then go into the magazine business!

Is The World Co. really suffering for funds? Or do they have too much money tied up in Dolph's Bioscience Authority "investments"?

Confrontation 10 years, 10 months ago

I love how people complain about a FREE website. Get over yourselves.

KU_cynic 10 years, 10 months ago

I liked the 4-section format, although whenever the comics/ZITS/Dear Abby features appeared in the B-section then that fourth Pulse section often was nothing more than a stupid gardening or cooking story fronting the classified ads.

I know that today is one of the slowest news Mondays of the year, but I was disappointed in the one-page opinion page. I hope this was an anomaly and that a robust 2-page opinion section with plenty of space for letters and columnists returns.

meggers 10 years, 10 months ago

Confrontation, I have no complaints with the website. In fact, if I wind up canceling my subscription (which I pay for, BTW), I'll probably spend a little bit more time on the site catching up on local news.

Ken Miller 10 years, 10 months ago

If the reduction in national/international news means MORE local/state news, I am all for it. I'll look at CNN and its website first if I want to know what's going on in the world. However, show me that the LJ-W is spending more time and resources on local/state news with a little more in-depth stuff... like your gun buying series. That's the type of local journalism appreciated by someone who was in the news media business for 15 years.

And yes, I am a paid subscriber to the print edition.

Jackson 10 years, 10 months ago

A single news section eliminates sharing the paper over breakfast - it's "either sports or news". Great for saving newsprint - bad for reader convenience.

Please check out the HOUSTON CRONICLE for a superior website.

DaveR 10 years, 10 months ago

I think the LJW does a poor job covering national news. So far as the webpage is concerned, it seems to leave most of it to nationally syndicated opinion columnists, who basically spout old, tired positions.

I agree with Blue73. The paper's local focus is a bit too local. I'd like to see more state house news. Competition with the Topeka paper could be interesting in a number of ways. I'd also like to get away from the he-said, she-said. There's a lot of local experts in town. If they're not already on the LJW rolodex of people to call in a crisis (all papers have them), then they should be. The recent editorial on the real meaning of KU's flat tuition was a good example of what's possible.

Not more local news. Better local news. Better use of local experts to better inform the populace.

jaker07 10 years, 10 months ago

Now just make the main RSS feed have local news instead of National AP stuff and you'll be good to go.

Compy 10 years, 10 months ago

rss feed of today's events calendar would be nice as well

i can get an rss feed of events happenning at the granada, but not all events city wide

Confrontation 10 years, 10 months ago

Hey Smitty, Try reading the other posts, and maybe you'll appear informed. Check out the 8:53 a.m. post. Oh, and try not to get your panties in a wad.

pelliott 10 years, 10 months ago

I read the Seattle paper for news. No i do not like the all ready narrow coverage of the regionial, national and international news to be narrowed even more by the ljw. More not less. focused is such a cute word.

drewdun 10 years, 10 months ago

This isn't really related to the print edition, but when do we get avatars?

I was promised an avatar, dammit!

Baille 10 years, 10 months ago

"Put local news at front?"

How about stripped down nothing but the chassis? How about emulated the Crapitol-Journal? It's a Monday. Maybe a slow newsday, huh? But if the paper stays this thin and empty I can't imagine why I would continue to subscribe.

cowboy 10 years, 10 months ago

This paper has about used up its value , lame stories , poor organization , ad prices that are ridiculous , and yes Mr. Confrontation or LJW apologist , users have a right to have an opinion , users drive the hits and I suppose someone out there looks at the ads splattered allover the pages , so get over yourself to use your words.

But hey the good news is Sunflower cable is making a boatload of money with their pay per view porn channels !

Xwards 10 years, 9 months ago

After reading it for a couple of days, my impression that its a fancy way of spinning the fact that we're getting less product for the same amount of money. They did this about a year ago or so, and now they're doing it again. If they keep it up, pretty soon the L J-W will be about as sad as the Topeka paper.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 10 years, 10 months ago

Who needs the op-ed? Can't anyone figure out what they think without some guru telling them? Print more news dump the opinion page. And does anyone really go to the JW for their national news anymore? Local news and sports is what a local paper can do better than anyone else. Why not do it? What a concept!

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