Friday, February 6, 2009

The Paper's Been Cut in Half

If judged from the size of its printed edition, The San Diego Union-Tribune is about half the paper it used to be.

The last Sunday newspaper in January 2006 was a whopping 288 pages. Three years later, subscribers only had to lug a 118-page bundle into their homes on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009. And for the week of Jan. 24-30, the total number of pages in the printed editions of the Union-Tribune fell from 840 in 2006 to 424 in 2009.

Not just pages have disappeared. During the last week of January 2006, readers could find as many as 19 locally written, bylined news stories in the printed Union-Tribune each day. Now, as the paper devotes less space to local news -- and has fewer journalists to report, edit and photograph it -- the norm has fallen to around nine to 12 stories a day.

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