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The Los Angeles Times has announced that it is cutting its standalone business section on Mondays.
Business-oriented stories will appear inside the main news section that day.
The Times joins other metro newspapers in the past two years that have made a similar move. Newspapers that have cut their Monday standalone sections include the Baltimore Sun,Â Cleveland Plain Dealer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Atlanta Journal-Constitution andÂ Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville.
More than 50 other metro newspapers have cut their standalone business sections during the week, according to a Talking Biz News analysis.
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The Albany Times Union in upstate New York said Friday that it has updated its financial data in its business section, with expanded currency exchange rates, additional commodities prices and a summary of the best and worst performing local company stocks
A brief in the paper states, “Called ‘Markets at a Glance,’ the new presentation will run atop the second business page Tuesdays through Saturday and will include silver, natural gas and crude oil prices.
“A new daily feature tracking how much $1,000 invested in a local stock one year ago would be worth today has been added. The listing will also show how various industries have performed over the past year.
“Treasury bond, note and bill activity, which had previously been in the stocks package, will now be in the daily story that reports on Wall Street activity. The performance of the S&P 500 index has been added to the summary of market activity every day on the front of the business news section, replacing Treasury bond, gold, and dollar-euro data.”
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Jensen writes, “The makeover will include new virtual sets, graphics and music, additions to the roster of commentators, and something decidedly not cosmetic: an approach that will play down stock coverage.
“‘A stock quote has become commoditized,’ said Rodney Ward, the showâ€™s senior vice president and executive editor. ‘What people want at the end of the day is more analysis, more perspective, more context.’
“‘Weâ€™re going to put some shape to all of that daily box score and data dumps,’ Mr. Hudson said.
“Three decades ago, ‘Nightly Business Report’ led the way in dedicated business coverage on television, but its turf was encroached upon by cable channels, including CNBC and Fox Business Network, public radioâ€™s weekday ‘Marketplace’ program and myriad Web sites and mobile apps that give consumers immediate access to financial data.”
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San Jose Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy asked readers for comments about the newspaper, and one of the readers complained about the lack of business coverage.
Here is an excerpt:
Issue: “The majority of your subscribers are college-educated, high-tech workers,” writes Pankaj Dixit of Sunnyvale. “These people are interested in the business news. But you have made it almost nonexistent by … making it part of local news. The business news has got to be the prominent section.”
Answer: The Business section remains a prominent section on most days of the week. The crumbling economy and advertisers’ shift to lower-cost Internet ads, however, have forced the Mercury News to reduce the number of pages in some sections to save on newsprint. On days when advertising demand in Business is typically light, we produce a smaller Business section that is more economically printed as part of the Local section.
“That was a choice of how to spend money,” Butler says. “You either spend it on people or you spend it on newsprint. Our choice has been to spend it on people.”
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Steve Smith of MinOnline reviews the reworked Harvard Business Review — both in print and online — and comes away impressed.
Smith writes, “But the look of the new HBR and the editorial process behind it is very much a cross-platform affair now. We felt that tying everything around the HBR brand and bringing the largest community we can around print and digital was going to be critical.
“The book itself now has a feature well of longer sink-your-teeth-into think and research pieces, but both the front and back matter are now being run by Web staff. The Idea Watch section, from Web editor Scott Berinato, will feature new thinking and has such edgy items as Defend Your Research in which skeptical editors grill a researcher on how he or she came up with those headline-grabbing stats. The back section, Experience from deputy Web editor Katherine Bell, offers more advice and stories related to managing ones own time, career, and business, because this content was increasingly popular on the site.
“But most of all, platform-agnosticism at HBR comes in the way that editorial is conceived, says Macht. We are about the big ideas and the management frameworks executives need. We arrange ourselves to talk about ideas first and think about the medium. Is this idea expressed best as a 10-page article or as a blog or as a book?
“The HBR editorial staff is now organized around teams assigned to cover such themes and ideas as marketing or sustainability and leadership. Each one has a captain and a few members from the Web site, books, and magazine and together they are thinking what are the most critical ideas we have to be on top of, says Macht. The Web is also serving as a good font of ideas and a testing ground for topics before HBR invests more resources in pursuing them in longer print pieces. Often, we refine them online to work as longer research pieces in the magazine.”
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The Sedalia Democrat, a Freedom newspaper in Missouri, announced changes to its business page in its Sunday newspaper.
City editor Aaron Walther writes, “As part of this effort, we will be moving our business page from Saturday to Monday beginning Jan. 4. We feel Mondayâ€™s newspaper is a better place for business news since it is at the beginning of the work week. Monday is simply a natural fit for this type of content.
“We also will be revamping the content in order to provide more localized and relevant business and economic news specific to our coverage area. Our plan is to present weekly features on area business owners and their companies, and how they affect our community. We will spotlight new businesses that come into the area and highlight the big players in business who have had long-term relationships with Sedalia and the surrounding areas.
“What we hope to accomplish is to offer readers a more in-depth look into the business climate of Pettis County and beyond, as well as tout the accomplishments (and even some of the struggles) of area entrepreneurs.
“To make room for this added content, The Sedalia Democrat will no longer publish weekly national stock listings. Our reasoning behind this decision is fairly straightforward: This type of information is readily available to people who seek it from alternative sources â€” mainly on the Internet and through ‘smart phone’ applications.”
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Gautam Kumar of the Harvard Crimson writes Friday about the new Web site for the Harvard Business Review.
Kumar writes, “But increasing hits on the Web site â€” which took over one million unique hits this past October â€” prompted the publicationâ€™s leaders to consider also how that contentâ€™s accessibility might be improved, Macht said.
“Among other features, the new site features a navigation bar that distinguishes daily news from more long-term developments in management and business. The design element is to help promote and display greater debate, according to Macht.
“To address the redesign project, HBR hired the help of two design consulting firms, both of which said the layout inhibited the communication of content, Macht said.
“‘Early feedback from faculty members and other readers whoâ€™ve glimpsed the issue has been very positive,’ he said. ‘Itâ€™s much more dynamic.’”
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Clifford writes, “The first part of that is making Harvard Business Review more current.
“When the Review was founded in 1922, it dispensed Harvard Business School research to the public. Its scope widened over the years, but articles tended to be scholarly, rather than news driven. By January 2009, for example, ‘HBR had barely written a thing, even indirectly, about the economic crisis,’ Mr. Ignatius said. ‘There was a sense, in the past, that HBR should not be timely,’ he said. ‘It was the idea that research is ready when research is ready.’
“Mr. Ignatius changed the publication schedule so the magazine could close just three weeks before publication, rather than more than six weeks before. He is adding articles that reflect the times. For example, the January/February issue includes an argument from a top professor that shareholder-focused capitalism is ending.
“The second part is adding standard magazine rubrics. The list of articles has been knocked off the cover (Mr. Ignatius actually removed it this year). ‘The problem was that people look at the table of contents, scan it, and say, no, Iâ€™m not interested in it.’
“He is adding columns by the strategy professor C. K. Prahalad and the economist Dan Ariely, a page on someone outside the business world called ‘Lifeâ€™s Work’ (Condoleezza Rice is the first subject), and a recurring feature called ‘Defend Your Research,’ where academics are quizzed about their studies. And he is arranging a few articles in issues around themes like reinvention and strategy during a weak recovery.”
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The Society of American Business Editors and Writers unveiled its redesigned Web site on Wednesday morning that is much easier to read and find information.
The site uses a lighter blue background that fades as the page drops down. Previously, the top of the page had been black.
New features on the site include a “Member to Member” section where SABEW members provide coverage tips, and a Blog Roll that has an extremely limited selection of business news blogs.
A nice touch to the site is the inclusion of photos of regular writers to the site, such as that of Dow Jones reporter Dawn Wotapka, who writes the Biz Buzz column.
Executive director Warren Watson writes, “The new website is only part of a series of technical enhancements that will include a new membership database, conference registration system, Best in Business entry system, expanded jobs section and freelance database. Members will be able to log into the website and view and correct their personal information as needed.”
However, other parts of the site still need updating.Â The Talking Biz News feed to the site had not been updated in more than 24 hours when reviewed at 11 a.m. EST. And one of the three “SABEW Spotlight” stories was more than four months old, while another was a month old.
The site also has not updated information about the board members. Former president Bernie Kohn, who left the Baltimore Sun earlier this year, is now a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and former TheStreet.com editor David Morrow is now a journalism professor at the University of Nevada-Reno. Neither has been updated.
The rollout had been expected last week, but was delayed while the organization worked out some kinks. Some still exist. I tried to update my password to get into the members only section, but that function is not working properly.
DISCLOSURE: I previously was managing editor of the news content of the site until September and wrote the Biz Buzz column.
The San Luis Obispo County Tribune announced Monday that its business section would be trimmed several days during the week.
The paper’s editor is Sandy Duerr, who was president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 1991 when she was with the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Duerr writes, “Savings in newsprint allows The Tribune to retain staffing, focusing its energy on covering local news.
“The Monday and Tuesday editions were selected to be condensed because they have fewer ads and slightly smaller circulation than the other days of the week. The move will be reviewed after revenue improves.
“The Wednesday through Sunday editions will not be condensed, though the Business section will be trimmed back on a few days.”
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