Archive for Sunday, July 29, 2007

More changes in store for newspaper

July 29, 2007


Journal-World readers have a passion for the newspaper. When we made changes to the format earlier this month, we received calls, letters and e-mails.

Last weekend, the editors met several hundred readers at Hy-Vee on Sixth Street. Many people made a special trip to talk with us. The response was flattering. Some shared a complaint or two, but most said they enjoy starting their day with the Journal-World.

One woman told a funny story. "My husband and I are fighting over the Sports section every morning," she told me. "He loves the Sports, and I want to do the crossword, but it's in the same section. You have to take the crossword out of there so you can save our marriage."

You spoke and we listened. Starting with Monday's Journal-World, we will be making adjustments related to comments we heard about the placement and amount of national and international news, and the ability to share the paper over the breakfast table. The changes include:

¢ While the paper will remain three sections Monday through Friday, nation and world news will be more prominent in the first section and there will be more of it. Page 2A will feature What's News Today, a look at an important event; Image of the Day, a striking photo from our wires; and national and world news in brief.

¢ To make room for the additional news, People in the News will move to the comics page in the second section. Birthdays, horoscopes, and the Tune In and Annie's Mailbox columns will join People in the News.

¢ The puzzles - Universal Crossword, Jumble, Becker on Bridge, Jumble Crossword and Sudoku - will move to the back inside page in the Classified section. The Universal Crossword also will run seven days a week.

Printing the paper in three sections creates more color pages for news and advertising. The larger news and Sports sections also accommodate more advertisers in the main news sections of the paper. Plus, the arrangement ensures a prominent position for the popular Pulse section every day.

From surveys we conducted, it is clear that the reason people welcome the Journal-World into their homes is because of the local news coverage we provide.

These alterations will complete our transition to make local news the focus in the Journal-World.


Lonestar1 8 years, 4 months ago

What is all the talk about making world and national news more prominent! I get that from CNN in 30 minutes. I get the JW for local & state news! I don't think I have every looked at Pulse or the sports sections as I don't have a interest in what's there but I do want to know what the county and city commission is about to do to me......

Dan Alexander 8 years, 4 months ago

I'm with Glock on this one. I sure can't get enough of the World Company's daily newsletter.

compmd 8 years, 4 months ago

"People in the News will move to the comics page"

Because hearing what Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, and Lindsay Lohan did that day truly IS comical!

walkdog262 8 years, 4 months ago

"... nation and world news will be more prominent in the first section and there will be more of it."

From July 2, 2007 Journal-World: "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." "Local news is what sets the Journal-World apart," said managing editor Dennis Anderson.


Nikki May 8 years, 4 months ago

I'm still sad they are changing the "game" stuff. I like getting Wednesday's paper and seeing what kid I know is in it. Hopefully it will be just as easy to find the stuff in the new version.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 8 years, 4 months ago

The news operation at the local level has gone downhill under Mr. Anderson's direction. Quality personnel have been lost and not replaced. While Mr. Simons has done yeoman's work investigating the corruption of Governor Roundheels' Republicrat administration, the news department has lagged way behind. how unfortunate that the same team that successfully embarrassed the Graves administration is not available to do the same to Roundheels and her gang of Missouri underlings.

yankeelady 8 years, 4 months ago

I wish they would/had left it alone. It was familiar and comfortable the way it was. Progress and change for the sake of change are a pain.

areyoukidding 8 years, 4 months ago

the new news paper is no fun. i liked having more sections, i didn't have to skim through all the stuff i don't care about to find what i want. plus, now the pages fall out when i'm trying to read it. thanks a lot!

bearded_gnome 8 years, 4 months ago

"more of it?" did their hearingaides go crazy when the editors were visiting with the little people????? we don't need more of the international/national news! FGS, there's lots of sources for those beats, but often only the LJW for local coverage of a story in detail!

Hey editors, I think you need to recalibrate something, obviously the "meet the little people" session wasn't straight somehow. besides, you were at hi-V...try a different set of shoppers other than people who can afford hi-V's prices! or, before you make such a change, try a poll of readers? I know the idea of such reader expression might be shocking to your finely tuned sensitivities! however, try a reader's poll and see if you get the same contradictory outcome: more of local coverage; place the national and international coverage more prominently and increase it. it is like 2+2=3.1415926, eh?

knownasb 8 years, 4 months ago

Okay, so LJW is restructuring the paper to be more consumer friendly (or so they want us to believe.) Kudos I suppose. I don't really know how bad the previous version was, since I thumb through the newspaper online, but I do know how horrible this new layout is. Please LJW, restructure your online site! It feels more like a blog site that a newspaper.

cowboy 8 years, 4 months ago

the website is terrible since the change , news mixed with letters , and video promos for the local amateur hour televison station , seems to me to be a typically IT driven project instead of worrying about what the customer wanted or liked. The newspaper is nearly obsolete , anyone with a brain will get news online for free , and the ad rates for the LJW are ridiculous.

But they are the only show in town aren't they ,

KsTwister 8 years, 4 months ago

I hope the change includes some real journalism that leaves no questions unanswered.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 8 years, 4 months ago

There was a period when the JW was he state's leading investigative newspaper. OK, the only investigative newspaper. Back then Dave Ranney and Scott Rothschild covered the Graves administration like a blanket, exposing one Republican scandal after another.

Ranney is now gone and you seldom hear anything from Rothschild, a function I presume of the new editor's priorities. Now, despite its own publisher's investigative work on the current Republicrat administration, the newsroom is still asleep at the switch with the folks in Missouri loot KU's assets.

I agree, dump the national and international crap that they're getting for a song as son of space filler, and give us some more state and local issue reporting. I for one would like to know if all of the tickets given at the alleged work zone they wrote about were actually given when workers were present, or is it just another revenue enhancement scam using cops as tax collectors.

KsTwister 8 years, 4 months ago

Trivia filler (i.e Bob Barker) does not make good journalism*--no matter how you present it. There was a day when Lawrence had another small paper that took on the big questions of politics and news. Now America is inundated with trivia, things that don't matter which you can get enough of on the internet without it being in print. I sure would not charge for the extra junk.

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