Monday, November 17, 2008

Knoxville newspaper redesigns to cut costs

The Knoxville News Sentinel newspaper has unveiled a redesigned Monday edition that consolidates sections to cut costs.

Separate local news, national news, sports and features sections were merged into two sections in Monday's paper. The combined paper still ran 30 pages, plus a classified ad section.

Tuesday through Saturday editions will continue to have four sections. Other features are changing, including making most stock tables available only online.

Editor Jack McElroy said in his Sunday column that the changes "frankly, are intended to reduce costs" but should make the paper "more engaging."

The moves follow the layoff of 50 employees as part of a 400-employee cutback by Cincinnati-based parent E.W. Scripps and a single-copy price increase. The News Sentinel is a 120,000-daily and 150,000-Sunday circulation newspaper.


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