More print sections to change starting next Sunday
Writes Editor Russ Stanton in a note published in today's Times, "In-depth journalism remains our hallmark and we are committed to that mission in the face of economic challenges to our industry and our nation as a whole." Stanton's note to readers (which can be found in the post above this one) is part of an insert that details how The Times plans to meet those challenges while continuing to provide "world-class coverage."
The plans are part of a reorganization of the paper brought on by a requirement to cut costs, as reported in a July 3 news article that said the paper would reduce the number of pages it publishes each week by 15%.
The latest changes and cutbacks start next Sunday in the Book Review and Opinion section, and Real Estate.
Today is the last issue of the combined Opinion and Book Review section. Starting next Sunday, Opinion moves to the back pages of the main news section, where it appears during the week. (More opinion continues to be published online, at latimes.com/opinion.)
The Book Review will become part of the second section in Calendar on Sundays starting next week. That section, now called Arts & Music, will become Arts & Books, and will include book reviews and features. (Book reviews will continue to run in Calendar during the week, and more book reviews and news can be found at latimes.com/books.)
Today's Real Estate section is the final issue, a number of its features moving to Home, others to Business. Home, which shifts from Thursday publication date to Saturdays, will add Hot Property, Neighborly Advice and other columns to its lineup. (Additional photos of homes from Hot Property columns will continue to be published at latimes.com/realestate.) The Sunday Business section will expand its focus on personal finance to add more coverage of real estate, including Home of the Week.
Other changes have already been announced or taken place: The last print issue of The Guide was published July 24, but the listings continue at theguide.latimes.com. Highlights from The Guide will also appear daily in the Calendar and Food sections in the coming weeks.
Highway 1 ended after July 9; from that section, Dan Neil's Rumble Seat column has moved to the Friday Business section.
The Los Angeles Times Magazine printed its last edition July 6. Merl Reagle's crossword puzzle, which had appeared there, moves to Calendar on the first Saturday of the month. Weekly puzzles continue to appear at latimes.com/crossword.
An earlier entry on this journal reported that Sports discontinued the handicap and the charts for horse racing in early July.
In a memo to staff earlier this month, announcing the cuts to come, Stanton wrote, "Through all of our changes, we continue to give readers terrific coverage, whether it's the continuing collapse of the housing market, public pools that have been taken over by gangs, or the controversy surrounding liver transplants at one of our most prestigious hospitals. We've provided insight into the historic presidential campaign, and we've delivered exclusive, on-the-scene looks at the brutal repression in Zimbabwe and the continuing war in Iraq. The future of The Times, in print and on the Web, depends on that kind of journalism -- exclusive, original, excellent. We will not retreat from that commitment."