By: Staff Reports

Newspaper Ends Community News Effort

Citing business and journalistic reasons, the Los Angeles Times this
week stopped publishing its 14 ‘Our Times’ community news sections.
About 125 positions will be eliminated as a result.

”Our Times’ sections were a two-year effort in community news that
was unable to attract the readership and advertising necessary to
make them financially successful,’ Publisher John Puerner said in
a press release. ‘Therefore, we are shifting our focus from some
operations that weren’t working and reinvesting to improve the
newspaper for all our readers.’

The sections were an attempt to build circulation by providing
deep local coverage of neighborhoods.

‘We will still cover the major local stories, but we’ll leave the block-by-block coverage of neighborhoods to others,’ Editor John S.
Carroll said in the release.

Since buying Los Angeles Times parent Times Mirror in June, the
Tribune Co. has dismantled a number of circulation initiatives
that the newspaper started under the former owners.

The Times will continue publishing weekly sections for the Inland
Valley, San Gabriel Valley, South Bay, and Westside regions, and
plans extensive changes in its local and regional news section
early next year.


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