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We didn't ask for it, and no one's pretending to like it, but the new owner of the Tribune Co. has demanded deep cuts to this newspaper, and here come some more. Last week, it was the biggest layoffs in the company's history. Now it's changes to the newspaper itself.

The basics: Book review gets folded into Calendar; Opinion gets folded into main news; Real Estate, a stand-alone section since 1901, moves into the Home section, which moves to Saturday; Dan Neil's "Rumble Seat" column moves to Business.

Here's an editor's note to readers from Russ Stanton, which subscribers to the print edition found wrapped around today's newspaper. Though skeptics will likely see it as little more than spin, there's actually a kernel of good news in there. Details and more specifics about the changes are here.

Don't give up on us. We journalists will never give up on you.

-- Veronique de Turenne

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You already gave up on us and abandoned your journalistic integrity when you decided to censor, not moderate, comments that aren't to your liking.

Maxwell -

Thanks for weighing in, but you are mistaken. Comments on this blog are never censored. When a comment contains obscenities or a personal attack, then I email the person who submitted it, explain our guidelines and ask him or her to re-submit. More often than not, they send a new comment with the same sentiment in a less-volatile form, and I publish it.

As for not publishing comments that are critical of the Times, if you scroll through this blog you'll find a number that are less than flattering.


I expect the paper to not give up its journalistic efforts. I can see that there may be a need for new strategic initiatives in a changing business environment, but to completely erase sections that have helped define what the LA Times newspaper today leaves me wondering. For example, since the company will cut the Real Estate section, I would expect that the content that is moved to the Home section will not make it appear as those the Real Estate section is basically non-existent. I can only hope that there will still be a substantive amount of information on real estate as has been done previously. Furthermore, I think any abbreviation of the paper which sacrifices content for the sake of revenue to Sam Zell, who simply desires to pay down his huge bank note, would be a shame to the newspaper business in general. Lastly, keep in mind that people will continue to want a good newspaper to read for many years to come, and any exaggerated business steps may cause a further decline in readership and drive customers to another local paper or some other financial paper. Keep in mind that though more effort may be to push things online, there is a substantial amount of customers who find the newspaper an indispensible part of getting the news on a daily basis. There is a convenience that comes with the newspaper itself, such as not having to carry around a laptop or someother electronic device that many people do not want to bother with and pay internet fees. Simply put, it is a cheaper source of local news! Additionally, there would be ignorance to think we only need to push things in the direction that seems most desirable to generation X and Y. In addition, there are a lot of older people who are not prone to hassle with the newer devices of the Information Age, I hope the LA Times does not ruin and eliminate a paper which has been so long a part of Los Angeles history.


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