‘Sac Bee’ to Combine Business and Metro Sections

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By: E&P Staff

The Sacramento Bee plans to fold its business section into a newly combined metro/business section called “our region.”

Several pages will be dedicated to business coverage in the new section.

Bee Editor Melanie Sill wrote in a story about the move, “A growing list of newspapers across the country have dropped business sections or combined them with other coverage. One reason is that papers have stopped publishing comprehensive stock listings, which took two to four pages, average. With the stocks gone, the sections seemed much thinner. … Our Business section often is just four pages.”

Sill said that the paper does not plan to diminish its business reporting.

While the paper won’t save much money by combining the sections, Sill wrote it will free up staff resources.

In late July the Bee will undergo an overhaul of its print edition with and will be an inch narrower.

“If we were an upstart competitor moving into town with these resources, we’d build a newspaper and Web sites that played to our strengths and that addressed how people live now and what they need from our coverage,” Sill wrote. “That’s the spirit underlying our work on the new Bee.”

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