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June 9, 2008 | 12:55 pm

Sam_zell_wants_to_reinvent_newspape So the top execs at Sam Zell's Tribune Co., parent company to us here at The Times, made news last week with (promptly leaked) memos about plans to cut space allotted to news and increase ad space until a 50-50 split is achieved.  Lots and lots of reaction to this, as well as to the fact that reporters are now to be judged on productivity -- a.k.a. byline counts.

Today's New York Times tries to get a handle on what the experts think and, while it can't muster much of consensus, it does manage some dire soothsaying:

The one thing everyone seems to agree on is this: Newspapers around the United States have tried a lot of approaches, newsy to fluffy, parochial to international, voluminous to sparse — and all are in trouble.

Also weighing in are The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post (which actually runs a somewhat odd blog post), the Tribune's competitor, the Chicago Sun-Times, and, of course, LAO.

Elsewhere in the blogosphere, it's a hot topic.

--Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times