The Anyday Paper

Monday, October 24, 2011



According to Sara Dickenson Quinn from Poynter.org, Sunday papers just aren't quite what they used to be.


"'Papers seem to be taking fewer chances,' says Suzette Moyer, creative director of the St. Petersburg Times' Bay Magazine."


Instead of being the biggest and best, many Sunday editions are looking more and more like any other day, with little distinguishing them from a Monday or Wednesday edition.


Quinn outlines four possible reasons as to why newspapers are producing less impressive Sunday papers.


1. Job cuts in the newsroom. Jeff Goertzen, graphics director of the Denver Post, says that news design and graphics staffs are about half the size that they were ten years ago.


2. Designers and graphic artists have many more responsibilities. With more roles to fill, designers cannot commit as much time to front page spreads.


3. The average news hole is smaller than in previous years. Big, expansive investigative stories may not be occurring as often due to it being easier to break news.


4. Design centers are simplified in order to save time. Design isn't really an assembly-line situation, which is what most newspapers are headed towards. Design takes more time and thought, which is not afforded due to business decisions.


The front page is often what grabs a reader's attention. With newspapers spending less time and resources on the front page design, especially on frequently-read Sunday editions, the downward spiral of newspapers is likely to continue.




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1 comments:

tyler.crandell October 26, 2011 at 8:17 AM  

I remember just a few years ago seeing the sunday paper laying around my house and it was at least double the size of the weekday paper. I agree with the article because now when I see one it is hard to tell the difference, even the section with the comics is smaller.

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