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A new section in the paper, and other changes

February 2, 2010 |  6:00 am

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You will notice some changes in Tuesday's newspaper.

Most notably, there’s a new section -- LATExtra. This includes local and California stories in addition to late-breaking entertainment, business, national and foreign news. LATExtra will run Monday through Saturday; Sunday will continue to have a California section.

“The changes to the paper give us the opportunity to expand and further showcase the terrific enterprise reporting of this newsroom, as well as produce the first new news section in many, many years,” Editor Russ Stanton told the staff. ...



Most national and foreign news can be found in Section A, like usual. You’ll also find the columnists in their regular spot on Page A2, and For the Record on Page A4. The lottery results, which used to run on A4, have moved to LATExtra.

Also, the paper itself is an inch narrower. Instead of being 12 inches wide, it now is 11. However, the type size in stories and photo captions remains the same.

In a subtle change on the front page, the date has been moved from the upper left corner above the “Los Angeles Times” nameplate to centered below it. The position in the upper left sometimes had been covered up by news boxes or wrap-around ads.

Other regular features, such as the comics and the TV grid, contain all of the same information, but the pages have been reconfigured to accommodate the narrower page.

The weather page moves to the back of LATExtra, with some improvements. The local map is larger, and several cities that had been cut out have been restored: Mt. Wilson, Oceanside, Oxnard, Rialto, Santa Paula, Santa Rosa and Westlake Village.

Other changes during the week include a new day for the Food section, which will appear Thursday instead of Wednesday; and combining the Monday Business section into Section A.

For more information about the changes, go to latimes.com/24hour. Also see Publisher Eddy Hartenstein’s memo to the staff.

If you have questions or want to weigh in on the changes, call 1-800-88-TIMES or go to latimes.com/contact.

-- Deirdre Edgar

Twitter: @LATreadersrep


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