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Monday, October 03, 2005

US: Newspaper stops publishing compact edition

Although the current trend in the newspaper industry is towards smaller formats, The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is swimming against the tide and has stopped its tabloid edition, according to NewsDesigner.com. The paper had started producing the compact version last spring.

However, the paper also learned from the compact experiment and will change its (broadsheet) paper according to what readers liked in the compact edition. John Kirkpatrick, editor and publisher, writes in the last edition of the compact The Patriot, "While many people did like the compact format, it didn't catch on the way we had hoped. We did, however gather some valuable information about our readers' preferences along the way. Many people told us they liked the added color in our compact edition, as well as other features, so we'll be adding those things to The Patriot-News in the coming weeks and months. For busy readers, we'll be bringing you more news than ever - with breaking local news 24 hours a day - on our sister web site, PennLive.com."

Source: NewsDesigner.com

Posted by Anna-Maria Mende on October 3, 2005 at 02:24 PM in e. Compact vs. broadsheet, i. Future of print | Permalink


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Visual Editors broke this story Friday morning of last week. There are comments, as well, in this thread.

Posted by: Robb Montgomery at Oct 4, 2005 3:45:16 AM