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Baltimore Sun cuts stock listings further

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The Baltimore Sun, which has cut the stock listings printed in the business section twice in the past three years, is taking another whack at them, according to a short note from Bernie Kohn, assistant managing editor of business.

Baltimore SunKohn wrote, “The Sun’s weekly markets package is being moved online, where it will appear each Saturday on baltimoresun.com’s Business page rather than in the print edition.

“The Business section Tuesday through Saturday will contain one page of listings, emphasizing local stocks and mutual funds. Readers will find broader weekly stock and mutual fund listings in the same format as they appeared in the newspaper at baltimoresun.com/marketspdf.”

Later, he noted, “This move is consistent with moves by most major newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, to move large parts of their markets information online.”

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Sun-Sentinel changes Monday biz section

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Earl Maucker, the editor of The Sun-Sentinel newspaper in Fort Lauderdale, wrote Sunday about changes coming to the paper, including an overhaul of the Monday business section.

Sun-SentinelMaucker wrote, “Next, on Monday, April 9, we will debut a new Your Business section.

“Instead of a tabloid section, it will become a full-size broadsheet section and feature our Help Team columnist Daniel Vasquez on the cover.

“We will feature People on the Move on the second page and maintain a strong focus on small business stories on Page 3, leading with columnist Marcia Heroux-Pounds. In addition, we’ll have content on personal finance — including a business planning calendar — as well as charts on credit and loan rates, mortgage rates and yields on CDs.

“And finally, the new Your Business section will debut with a revamped online component, containing even more stories and relevant business content. There will be several important ‘channels’ in our new online offering, including more information on personal finance, planning tips, links to small business resources and searchable calendars to help businessmen and women.”

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Suburban Philly paper cuts stock listings

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The Bucks County Courier Times is cutting its stock listings in favor of the AP’s Money & Markets page, according to a story in Sunday’s paper.

Bucks County Courier TimesRose Venditti McIver wrote, “Most of our agate (the small type) listings will remain on the four days we run the Money & Markets package. We’ll run 1,024 listings from the New York Stock Exchange, 920 from the Nasdaq, 144 from the American Stock Exchange and 735 mutual-fund listings. The Sunday agate package will remain unchanged. If you find we’ve deleted a listing you count on, call me and we’ll do our best to restore it.

“This change comes as more and more people rely on the Internet for up-to-the-minute stock listings and look to the newspaper to provide more context and help them interpret what’s happening in the financial markets. Responding to that need, The Associated Press has created a Money & Markets package that comprises 20 graphic modules.

“The enhanced financial package that debuts Tuesday features six of the 20 modules. We’ll add more, based on reader interest. Please let us know what you think of this upgrade.”

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Changes at Colorado Springs biz section

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The Colorado Springs Gazette is expanding its Sunday business section and adding daily features during the week while also introducing the AP’s Money & Markets page for its stock listings.

Colorado Springs GazetteIn a short story in Sunday’s paper, the Gazette stated, “These changes are aimed at providing the news and information you need as you work, invest, spend money and do business in the Pikes Peak region.

“The centerpiece of these improvements is a new stock market report. Instead of running hundreds of yesterday’s closing prices for stocks and mutual funds, The Gazette’s new Money & Markets page features news and analysis about how the markets are performing — and where they’re expected to go. We’ll continue to list closing prices for about 100 stocks of companies that are of interest to local readers.

“Our Money & Markets report at gazette.com (under the Business tab) complements our print report and features a look-up service of current prices for all stocks and mutual funds. In the space we’re saving in print with our new Money & Markets report, we’re adding news, analysis and stories on topics you’ve told us are important to you: technology, investing, spending, real estate and careers.”

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Reno paper moves business section inside paper

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The Reno Gazette-Journal will no longer have a standalone business section during the week, according to a short story in Wednesday’s paper.

Reno Gazette-JournalTo make room for a new Neighborhoods & Voices section, the business section is moving inside the paper. On Wednesday, business news began on page 11A.

The Reno paper joins the Akron Beacon-Journal and the Cincinnati Enquirer as newspapers that have moved the business section inside of the paper instead of giving it standalone status.

Expect more newspapers to cut their standalone business sections in the coming months as they try to save on newsprint costs and devote more news hole to editorial content they believe that their readers value more than business coverage.

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InfoWorld will no longer publish

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San Francisco Chronicle reporter Jessica Guynn reports on the paper’s Tech Chronicles blog that the tech industry publication InfoWorld will no longer publish a print edition. Instead, it will send its content to subscribers via e-mail.

InfoWorldGuynn wrote, “The folks there think this is long overdue and that lamenting the demise of a three-decade-old business magazine’s print edition is very ‘old school.’

“‘It shows how many embedded ideas we all have about print–assumptions that must be reconsidered before we can fully free ourselves from the overly confining attitudes of the past,’ blogs Virginia Hines, InfoWorld.com’s vice president and general manager.

“‘We’re a relatively small group with limited resources, and going ahead and making a move that’s eventually inevitable in any case lets us focus undivided attention on the areas of greatest future opportunity for our business.’

“The magazine’s last issue will hit newsstands next week, parent company International Data Group (IDG) said. Approximately 10 employees were laid off.” The news release is here.

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LA Times revamps Sunday biz section

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The Los Angeles Times announced a number of changes to its newspaper, including an overhaul of its Sunday business section.

Los Angeles TimesThe changes include:

  • The Sunday business section will take on a “Your Money” focus beginning April 15, part of Business’ ongoing day-of-the-week themed strategy that includes Small Business on Wednesday and International Trade on Saturday.
  • “Your Money” will feature consumer information and personal finance content, including how-to stories on investing, savings strategies and tax planning.
  • The popular “Money Makeover” feature will return once a month, giving readers the opportunity to have their financial situations assessed by a professional advisor.
  • Business columnists Tom Petruno and Kathy Kristof will host “Market beat” and “Personal Finance,” respectively, and Liz Pulliam Weston‘s “Money-Talk” column will be refocused and address finance issues for 18-35 year olds in her first few columns.
  • A print/online consumer beat column, http://www.latimes.com/business, will offer strategies on how to find the best deals both online and in the bricks and mortar world, with specific Sunday coverage devoted to high interest topics such as how to find the best phone deals and what to look for in your health plan.
  • Every Sunday business section will profile a business leader.

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South Florida Biz Journal launching redesign later this week

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The South Florida Business Journal, the weekly business newspaper in the area owned by American City Business Journals, is launching a new look on March 30, according to a release issued Monday.

Not the new logo“For more than a quarter of a century, we’ve covered South Florida’s business community. We’ve chronicled its growth and reported on the arduous times, as well. Today, we give our readers a new, bold look – one that illustrates South Florida’s changing and sophisticated marketplace,â€? Business Journal publisher Gary Press said in the release.

The Business Journal is adding several new items to make the weekly newspaper. The front page will feature a new logo and a guide to the week’s top stories.

Page 2 will include “Inside the SFBJ,â€? a concise, three-minute summary of the top business news in South Florida, plus an index of the features and articles in the newspaper. This will allow readers to find stories of interest.

The Business Journal is adding features to keep readers updated on work-related events and occurrences, including after-hour industry, chamber and charity events. A page will be devoted each week to photographically chronicle these events.

Anchored just inside the back cover, the Reader Guide will provide information on all of the events and services associated with the Business Journal, contact information for SFBJ staffers and information about how to nominate a person or business for one of the newspaper’s numerous awards programs.

An index inside the back cover will list all the people and businesses appearing in articles that week. The newspaper is boosting the number of color pages by 30 percent, driven by increased use of color pages by news, photos and graphics, plus heavy usage by advertisers.

Portfolio preview doesn't shed much

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The special preview of Conde Nast Portfolio for charter subscribers arrived my mailbox today, and the cover promises a “behind-the-scenes look at the development of the magazine and web site.”

Having read the preview, I still am not sure I know anything more than what I already knew about the magazine. It includes the basic propaganda that you’d expect from a magazine trying to drum up subscriptions.

Conde Nast PortfolioThere’s a Q&A with editor Joanne Lipman that is two questions long and has her pitch on how she recruited the business journalists now working at the magazine.

Lipman said, “As it turns out, my vision for the magazine synched with that of so many of the people I talked to. For a reporter, the opportunity to have the time and resources to dig deep on a story, and to be provided with the editorial real estate to deliver the complete take on the subject was a compelling proposition.

“I also discovered that there were a lot of like-minded business journalists out there. We all saw a business angle in everything — from commerce to culture. We all had leads we wanted to pursue. This was the opportunity to give important stories the resources, time, and investigative talent that they merited.”

And there’s also a longer Q&A — four questions — with Washington bureau chief Matt Cooper that includes just one meaingful quote about what he wants to write: “What I want to write are profiles of the people who stand at the intersection of money and power, and give behind-the-scenes accounts of how Washington really works.”

Other than that, I didn’t learn a whole lot. There a page devoted to the magazine’s photography, and a page devoted to is graphics, and a short explanation of what the magazine’s web site will do: “Portfolio.com will be a smart take on the day’s headlines with vibrant images and insightful analysis.” Duh, what business news web site doesn’t want to do that?

The most interesting thing in the preview? A survey of the first 5,000 subscribers reveals that 21 percent are in the New York City area, while 12 percent are in Los Angeles and 8 percent are in San Francisco.

Can’t wait to see the real thing next month.

Forbes preparing lifestyle spinoff

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Nat Ives of Advertising Age reports Friday that Forbes is preparing a spinoff magazine called Forbes Executive Life Woman that will launch in October and then have four issues in 2008.

Forbes Executive Life WomanIves wrote, “And it’s true that the ranks of executive women are growing. The other business books are certainly trying to capitalize on that, if not in the same way that Forbes plans. Time Inc.’s Fortune, for example, will host its Most Powerful Women Summit this year for three days in October, just before its annual in-book feature ‘The 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.’

“Forbes also has a renewed interest in expanding. The company hunkered down through a lot of the early decade, but since selling a minority stake to Elevation Partners last August, it has resumed hunting growth. 

“But the flagship Forbes title, like its biggest competitors, hasn’t seen much change in the proportion of women among its audience. Women represented 32.6% of the Forbes readership in the fall 1980 Mediamark Research study; by fall 2006, Mediamark put that figure at 29.9%.

Beth Fidoten, senior VP-director of print services, Initiative, said the plan makes sense, especially because the editorial in Forbes Life skews, like its audience, so heavily male. ‘It’s shown to be successful for Forbes FYI, now known as Forbes Life, so why shouldn’t be it successful for women?’”

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