Top of the Morning, June 18, 2014
During a newsroom cleansing last week, I happened upon a News-Gazette sports page from March 29, 1995. Two things caught my eye:
1. Michael Jordan was wearing No. 45 for the Bulls. He was the lead story after scoring 55 points against the Knicks in his fifth game back from retirement. He would later switch back to No. 23 and resume winning championships.
2. The pages of the newspaper seemed really big in my hands. It was like holding poster board.
I bring this up not to remind Bulls fans of glory days, but to remind readers of how a web reduction influences the senses.
Starting Thursday, The News-Gazette will feel smaller in your hands. Our broadsheet pages will drop from 12 1/2 inches wide to 11 inches as the depth remains the same. It's the third time since the early 1990s that we've tightened our product in part to combat the rising cost of newsprint.
This much I know:
— We're not the first newspaper in these parts to do this; Bloomington, Chicago, Danville, Decatur and Springfield beat us to it.
— The change won't affect our editorial approach. It won't lead to a reduced story count, fewer photographs or even smaller print.
But it will feel different.
If you'd like to discuss the changes, we're all ears. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-351-5231. Circulation director Pete Jones (217-351-5327) and the fine folks in our customer care department (217-351-5252) also are available.
Compliments or complaints — we'll accept both.
James S. Rossow