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Dallas Business Journal

Dallas Biz Journal rolls out redesign


Lauren Lawley Head, the editor of the Dallas Business Journal, writes about the redesign of the American City Business Journals paper.

Head writes, “As we prepared for this relaunch, business executives told us time and again: We need breaking news on our mobile phones and desktops, but we also need access to deep analysis of the news from the week. What does it mean to me, to my business, to my industry and to my community? How did this change come about? Who are the players behind the scene that I need to know?

“The edition you’ll see on Friday is designed to deliver just that. Inside, you’ll find a deep-dive cover story, comprehensive coverage from our beat reporters and extended list packages, as well as redesigned versions of features you’ve come to expect, including Facetime, People on the Move and Leads.

“As an added bonus, we’ve unlocked our digital edition to give everyone a look.

“We hope you’ll be excited by the new Dallas Business Journal and dig in to this flagship edition. Then let us know what you think by sending me an email or a tweet.”

Read more here.


Topeka paper expands Sunday biz coverage


Gregg Ireland, the publisher of the Topeka Capital-Journal, writes about how the paper is expanding its Sunday business coverage.

Ireland writes, “What did we learn from the survey? We learned our readers really appreciate our city and state government coverage and political insight. Our readers also really like our local courts, crime, education, and collegiate and preps sports coverage.

“The addition of a local Sunday business page last year also was a welcome one for our readers. In fact, you indicated you want more business coverage and additional personal finance information. With that, I would like to welcome you to what awaits inside today’s edition of The Capital-Journal.

“We have moved our business page to a section front and added pages from the Wall Street Journal — two or three each Sunday. Today, we debut two and a half pages of personal finance information from the Wall Street Journal. I think the Wall Street Journal’s internationally recognized brand of financial insight will benefit each of us as we navigate our individual needs.”

Read more here.

Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Sun to cut its Monday biz section


The Vancouver Sun will cut its Monday business section as part of a number of changes at the paper.

Harold Munro of The Sun writes, “The Monday Business section will soon make way for an expanded Sports section with more of an emphasis on analyzing the weekend’s events and exploring what’s coming up in the week ahead.

“Business coverage will ramp up the rest of the week, featuring local columns by Barbara Yaffe, Don Cayo and others. The section will be more diverse and concentrate on local business trends and personalities.

“And, as always, your Vancouver Sun will also be available to you wherever you are and whenever you go, with additional features online at vancouversun.com, on mobile and your tablet.

Read more here.
Pacific Business News

Honolulu business newspaper unveils redesign


Kevin Bumgarner, the editor of Pacific Business News, writes about the redesign of the American City Business Journals paper.

Bumgarner writes, “Here’s how we framed the challenge: How can we take a suite of products that already have some of the highest levels of executive readership of any market in our company and make them even more relevant, more convenient, more useful for you?

“The challenge sounded simple enough. Yet, in a news cycle that never stops and with a million things demanding your attention, we know how difficult it can be to cut through the clutter. We also envisioned how easy it could become for us to get lost in debating the merits of one storytelling platform over another and lose sight of the actual story. And we vowed not to let that happen, because without great stories and agenda-setting content, every new approach is just empty calories — things that take your time but never satisfy.

“One of the first things we did was implement a digital-first news reporting concept, deciding that we would never again hold a breaking news story for Friday’s print edition. Our research, company focus groups and your engagement with our website and email products told us you wanted a steady flow of breaking news every day, and breaking news was not the primary reason you subscribed to our print edition. We also dramatically increased the number of photos and graphics with our digital content, and added a queue for local and national videos on our homepage.”

Read more here.

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Trib to launch biz innovation coverage


Chicago Tribune next week will launch new coverage of corporate innovation in Chicago’s business community, whether at start-ups or larger established companies, according to sources familiar with the plans, reports Lynn Marek of Crain’s Chicago Business.

Marek writes, “The content will appear in print and online with the more extensive treatment on the paper’s website, as part of its business section. The effort, developed by Editor Gerould Kern, will have its own dedicated resources and reporters to produce content and host related events, a source said.

“The move comes as the newspaper’s parent company, Chicago-based Tribune Co., is planning to spin off its publishing group, which includes eight major dailies, to separate it from the more profitable broadcast division. The newspaper group had been put up for sale earlier this year, but those plans were put on hold.

“The papers, which also include the Los Angeles Times and Baltimore Sun, also have been bracing for cost reductions, including possibly job cuts, that Tribune CEO Peter Liguori has said the company is contemplating.

“The new business coverage is slated to begin on Oct. 15 and will be exclusively sponsored, at least initially, by Chicago-based United Airlines, which telegraphed its sponsorship in a half-page ad in the paper on Oct. 11 that declared: Chicago Tribune Blue Sky Innovation — coming soon.”

Read more here.

Business in Savannah

Savannah biz section becomes Business in Savannah


The business section of the Savannah Morning News, which has been called Exchange, will now be called Business in Savannah, or BiS, the name of its separate business publication.

A story on the Morning News website states, “BiS was targeted at the greater Savannah business community and quickly established its identity with its mix of cover stories, executive and business profiles, columns by experts in a variety of fields and other content.

“It became commonplace for businesses to send news releases, information on new employees and promotions and other material with the request that it appear in BiS in preference to  Exchange, our daily business section.

“One element of confusion was that many readers and businesses were unaware of the relationship between BiS and the daily newspaper. They were confused about whether to send separate news releases and about which writers and editors were responsible for what publication.

“At the same time, the name of the daily section — Exchange — tends to cause occasional head scratching because it doesn’t say ‘business’ to a lot of people who pick up the newspaper.”

Read more here.

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Lionel Barber, editor of FT, on changes at the paper


Here is the full memo from Financial Times editor Lionel Barber on changes at the paper:

We are now ready to take the next steps in our successful “digital first” strategy. This is an exciting but also challenging opportunity for all journalists at the Financial Times. It means changes in work practices, a further shift of resources to ft.com and a significant reshaping of the newspaper.

Our plan is to launch a single edition, global print product in the first half of 2014. The new FT will be redesigned and updated to reflect modern tastes and reading habits. It will continue to exude authority and quality, delivering a powerful combination of words, pictures and data to explain the most important issues of the day.

The new FT will be a better paper to suit the times. It will remain a vital part of our business, contributing significant advertising and circulation revenues. But, crucially, it will be produced differently and more easily. The changes will impact the structure of the newsroom – and the way we practise our journalism.

Here are some pointers:

First, the 1970s-style newspaper publishing process – making incremental changes to multiple editions through the night – is dead. In future, our print product will derive from the web offering – not vice versa. The new FT will be produced by a small print-focused team working alongside a larger integrated web/day production team.

Second, the structure of our planned single edition, possibly single section newspaper means minimal late evening changes and more templating of standard pages. We will however retain flexibility for a tailored UK edition with UK news pages. Our main design effort will focus on “show pages” with accompanying rich data and graphics.

Third, our news editors and reporters will shift further away from reactive news gathering to value-added “news in context”, while remaining faithful to the pursuit of original, investigative journalism. News editors will need to do more pre-planning and intelligent commissioning for print and online. This will require a change in mindset for editors and reporters but it is absolutely the right way forward in the digital age.

Overall, these changes will mean that much of the newspaper will be pre-planned and produced. Production journalists will publish stories to meet peak viewing times on the web rather than old print deadlines. The process will be akin to a broadcasting schedule. Where once we planned around page lay-outs, we will now adopt a news bulletin-style approach.

Finally, the changes in newspaper production will require further changes in working practices. I understand that this will challenge those long been used to late evening work. But as we move into the next phase of digital first, colleagues need to make informed choices about their careers at the FT and where opportunities lie.

We will need to move more resources from late evening to day and from afternoon to morning, notably in London. Production journalists will be digitally focused. Online, we will concentrate on smart aggregation of content from our own journalists and third parties. However, the emphasis online will be on articles rather than section pages.

FT journalism must adapt further to a world where reporters and commentators converse with readers. Our goal must be to deepen engagement and ensure we meet readers’ demands whenever and however they turn to us for breaking news and quality analysis. FastFT, one of our most successful innovations this year, has shown our determination to do just that. More is to come.

Our approach to the newspaper and ft.com is a logical extension to the changes we have made in the newsroom over the past decade and more. Thanks to these changes, the FT has established itself as a pioneer in modern media.

We have transformed our business model, successfully charging for content and building a global subscription business. Last year, our online subscriptions surpassed our print circulation for the first time. Today, we have more than 100,000 more digital subscriptions than print sales.

This is no time to stand still. The competitive pressures on our business to adapt to an environment where we are increasingly being read on the desktop, smart phone and tablet – remain as strong as ever. The pace of change, driven by technology, is relentless as I was reminded once again during my recent conversations in Aspen and Sun Valley.

I want to thank all FT journalists for their dedication to the cause. These are challenging times. But as long as we embrace change and continue to innovate, we will continue to produce the world-class journalism of which we are all proud.


Financial Times moving to single print edition


The Financial Times plans a path-breaking changes to the production of its printed newspaper that appear to be the penultimate step towards becoming a digital-only publication, reports Roy Greenslade of The Guardian in London.

Greenslade writes, “A lengthy memo sent yesterday afternoon to staff by the editor, Lionel Barber, stated that the pink paper plans ‘to launch a single edition, global print product in the first half of 2014.’

“In effect, it means that the FT’s paper will no longer be a ‘news’paper. There will be only ‘minimal late evening changes’. Late-night working will virtually cease. Barber explains:

‘The 1970s-style newspaper publishing process – making incremental changes to multiple editions through the night is dead. In future, our print product will derive from the web offering – not vice versa.’

“Instead, the ‘pre-planned’ paper’s content will be focused on explaining ‘the most important issues of the day’ with ‘show pages’ of data and graphics.

“Barber says ‘journalists will publish stories to meet peak viewing times on the web rather than old print deadlines.”

Read more here.

Denver Business Journal

Denver Biz Journal rolls out redesign


The Denver Business Journal is the latest American City Business Journals paper to redesign.

A story on its website states, “Our theme color is now emerald, and our nameplate design is more contemporary.

“And in Friday’s weekly print edition, you’ll see more dramatic changes aimed at making the Denver Business Journal fresher, livelier, more colorful and easier to use.

“It’s all part of our ongoing effort to make the DBJ the best source of news and intelligence you can use to further your business and career across all our platforms: print, digital and events.

“Among the changes:

• Already in print we’ve been bringing you weekly pages devoted to news of key business sectors covered by our award-winning reporters, plus improved graphics.

• Monday, we rebranded our morning and afternoon news emails as Morning Edition and Afternoon Edition. (Details here.) If you’re not already receiving our free news emails in your in-box, click here to get started.

• Last night, at one of the most successful events the DBJ has ever staged, we presented our first-ever Legacy Awards to seven titans of Colorado business at the Brown Palace Hotel. For video profiles of the honorees, click here.”

Read more here.

Albany Business Review

Managing change at a business newspaper


Jon Wile, the creative director at American City Business Journals, talked recently with Albany Business Review editor Mike Hendricks about the changes at the paper, including a redesign launched last week.

Here is an excerpt:

You don’t seem to mind change. In fact, you embrace it very well. How do you do that? What’s your mindset?

I have no patience for rules and I have always found the status quo to be a bore. I value judgment over rules. I have always stressed that. Every time I have been given a job: AP correspondent in Syracuse; AP news editor in Albany, this job; it has been with the mandate of driving change. I am sure it is that way for all editors. I cannot imagine any editor in my lifetime being given the mandate to maintain the status quo. People in newsrooms should not find comfort being in a box with rules defining what they can do.

You frequently move people’s desks around in the newsroom. Why? What’s the advantage there?

In the past year everyone in the newsroom has moved at least twice. I personally have moved four times. I gave up a new standup desk to be out in the newsroom.

It is about stimulating communication and attacking resistance to change. It is important to disrupt patterns of behavior and raise energy levels. It is amazing how resistant people can be to moving their desks.

We have also changed beats for the reporters in the last few months. In some cases we invented a new beat.

Read more here.