Less paper to read means more time for skipping through daisy fields
You’ll remember that some time ago the sages at the Arizona Republic alerted readers to the gift of time they were giving them. Seeing Red AZ called them out on the anorexic version of the Monday morning news then.
Today Randy Lovely, editor and vice president of news, announced another method of expanding their policy of less news in a full page summary of changes, titled Welcome to the Republic’s fresh new look. Other than AP feeds and their left-leaning editorial slants, real news has become a rare commodity. As pink slips have become more commonplace and buy-outs have persuaded the older, higher-paid employees to shuffle off, local reporting is basically reduced to a wide array of police reports, press releases and the Political Insider — which took a nose dive after Robbie Sherwood and Chip Scutari jumped the sinking ship.
For quite some time the paper has resorted to an editorial page game called You write the caption. If the wizards at the Republic think we are too busy to read the news that affects us, do they really think we have time to pen captions for photos, the majority of which take jabs at Republicans?
Lovely writes: Some of the changes are subtle, such as new, larger typography on the weather page, on the market summary package in Business and for box scores, standings and other statistics on the Sports pages. Other improvements are more sweeping, including an authoritative Calendar section on Thursdays that will serve as the definitive guide to the best in dining, movies and events, as well as a revamped Sunday Business section to provide more insights and expertise on the economy and the changing marketplace.
He omits any reference to the wider margins of blank space. But he is upfront about the fact that the type will be larger — another crafty means to take up space — the calendar will be “more sweeping,” we’ll get a “definitive guide” to dining and movies, along with a larger weather and sports format and two more puzzles. Throughout the week the paper intends to offer ideas on “taking care of yourself with guiltless splurges,” and will run a feature on “ways to give back to your community.”
They’ve even thoughtfully included a renovated obituary format, “that will make the notices easier to find, read and save.”
How much longer before they write their own?