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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Osteoporosis Hits NYT?

The Grey Lady is shrinking.

Yes, staff is shrinking again -- by another 250, mostly blue collar guys at a print plant -- but this time, cost-cutting is extending to the newspaper's page size, which will shrink by 1.5 inches in response to raising newsprint costs. (Electrons, by the way, are free.)

The result is an 11% drop in the size of NYT's news hole; adding a few pages will make up half of the loss. Said exec ed Bill Keller of firing non-elite printers and switching to smaller pages:
It's painful to watch an industry retrench. But this is a much less painful way to go about assuring our economic survival than cutting staff or closing foreign bureaus or retrenching our investigative reporting or diluting the Washington bureau.
After the Plame Game, NSA and SWIFT, I'm not so sure.

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