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Archive for Monday, July 2, 2007

Changes put local news at front of Journal-World

July 2, 2007

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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 danderson@ljworld.com.

Comments

cynical 6 years, 9 months ago

Why no comment about the change in todays paper? Seems they made strong point about change on Monday, but nothing said today, just suddenly back to old layout. Reminds me of their decision several years ago to discontinue TV weekly section. Think that may have lasted one week, if that long. Maybe someone down there actually listens to readers occasionally.

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Xwards 6 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.

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Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 6 years, 9 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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cynical 6 years, 9 months ago

As expected, new layout omits LTE and limits columnists. Would suggest that Editor's column be dropped so we can get LTE in. Positive side is now I don't have to share paper with spouse, just single news section. Also one less section to carry upstairs from driveway. Just dump pulse section in re-cycling on the way, nobody reads it anyway. Actually probably just dump front page also since I have to go to web to get news, Sports and comics are together, makes it simple.

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Marion Lynn 6 years, 9 months ago

Baille wrote:

"How about stripped down nothing but the chassis? "

Marion writes:

no, i better not

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cowboy 6 years, 9 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 !

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Stain 6 years, 9 months ago

Better coverage of city governing. Much more history. More complete coverage. Lose the well-known bias. Is it too much to ask?

Please.

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cynical 6 years, 9 months ago

Looks like my subscription is paid until July 5. If next 2 days look same, I'm cancelling. It is possible to get real NP delivered. NY Times for one, USA today for another.

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Baille 6 years, 9 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.

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swan_diver 6 years, 9 months ago

One thing the LJW DOES NOT DO is cover local news. This organ is intended to be a revenue-generating device and little more.

Never was a community is such dire need of getting out the real stories about people's lives -- and the people who own and operate the machinery of Lawrence's economic affairs.

This publication is so vapid, you can't even read between the lines...

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drewdun 6 years, 9 months ago

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

I was promised an avatar, dammit!

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gl0ck0wnr 6 years, 9 months ago

Yay for following the latest fad in journalism - hyperlocalism! Are we done with convergence yet?

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pelliott 6 years, 9 months ago

I read the Seattle paper for news. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/home/ 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.

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Confrontation 6 years, 9 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.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 6 years, 9 months ago

I picked up the paper today and thought a section was eliminated so put the whole paper back down. Apparently this new change isn't important enough to make a front page headline. Journal world subscriptions are down and will continue. Look at the papers recently, they are full of ads. Never saw so many pages devoted to ads.

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Compy 6 years, 9 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

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jaker07 6 years, 9 months ago

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

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DaveR 6 years, 9 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.

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Jackson 6 years, 9 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.

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cynical 6 years, 9 months ago

appears one of the obvious things cut are the editorial page with syndicated columnists. Also saw no LTE. Guess this means no more Leonard Pitts or any other columnist that isn't right wing. And probably no more LTE that criticize developer lobby.

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Ken Miller 6 years, 9 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.

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insiderinfo 6 years, 9 months ago

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smitty 6 years, 9 months ago

The news paper, confrontation, not the web site. Try reading the article first, you will temporarily appear informed.

Isn't the "new" layout the same as it was a few years back?

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meggers 6 years, 9 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.

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KU_cynic 6 years, 9 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.

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Confrontation 6 years, 9 months ago

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

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dirkleisure 6 years, 9 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"?

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meggers 6 years, 9 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.

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Godot 6 years, 9 months ago

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

Good job!

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blue73harley 6 years, 9 months ago

I agree that the LJW should focus on local news. Do I think you do it well? NO. It could be much better. Downtown is not all there is to Lawrence. Leave Mass street once in awhile. Cover surrounding towns news better. Cover KU news better. You still don't even link with the KU paper under "News Neighbors".

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macon47 6 years, 9 months ago

THE ONLY PERSON THAT DOES NOT RESISTS CHANGE IS A BABY WITH A DIRTY DIAPER

the LJW ALWAYS SEEMS SMALL ON MONDAY BUT it is about the best we have and i enjoy PAYING FOR MY SUBSCRIPTIOIN. as well as reading it online.

it has always amazed me that we only warrant a one page business section but a 6 to 10page sports section

that should tell you something about who they are targeting keep up the fine work,

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walkdog262 6 years, 9 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.

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cowboy 6 years, 9 months ago

maybe you could get someone to revamp the website now !

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Mike Blur 6 years, 9 months ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

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LogicMan 6 years, 9 months ago

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

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Jean Robart 6 years, 9 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

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