By: Jennifer Saba
The St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press has dropped to one news section on Mondays and Tuesdays. In today’s edition, Section A combines local, national, international news and opinion. On Tuesday, the section will also include business news.
“This will be our ongoing practice: one main news section on Mondays and Tuesdays, with traditional sectioning the remainder of the week,” wrote Publisher Guy Gilmore in a note a readers published today.
Gilmore also said the paper will drop stock listings Tuesday through Friday and replace it with financial and market reports. On Saturday, the paper will publish running weekend results for stocks and mutual funds as normal.
Gilmore cited the rise in the cost of newsprint as one of the reasons for the cutbacks. “By consolidating sections on Monday and Tuesday, we can save a few pages of newsprint per week,” he wrote.
* A copy of Gilmore’s note follows:
Today’s A section combines local, national, international and opinion into a single section. Tuesday also will have a single main news section and will include business news. This will be our ongoing practice: one main news section on Mondays and Tuesdays, with traditional sectioning the remainder of the week. Additionally, we are replacing the Tuesday through Friday stock listings with a financial and markets report. On Saturday, we will continue the current practice of running weekend results for stocks and mutual funds.
As markets change, newspapers change with them. Newsprint is our second-largest cost, and newsprint prices have increased more than 30 percent this year. So, we are adjusting to this new business condition. By consolidating sections on Monday and Tuesday, we can save a few pages of newsprint per week.
We intend to keep the Pioneer Press aligned with its readers and the marketplace. We know that Mondays and Tuesdays are among readers’ busiest days and that a more compact presentation makes sense. And we know that in an electronic age, readers increasingly go online for their daily stock results. (Stock listings are available at twincities.com. And we are adding a free phone service: Stock quotations are available at 800-225-5411.)
Loyal readers will find plenty to hold their attention. Local news stories will continue at current levels. Bulletin Board, obituaries and letters continue to appear in the Monday and Tuesday papers. Your “time on site” probably will not change.
The Pioneer Press has been committed to serving its readers and advertisers by focusing on what we call intensely local news. Our readers have rewarded that effort, as indicated by our increasing readership and market share over the past few years. Though the business climate has become more challenging, circulation has been steady, and our competitive position improved.
Thank you for your support.