Starting June 11, we will change the physical size of the Daily News. The change is so slight you may not notice the difference.
We recently converted our presses to print on narrower paper. The simplest way to describe the change is that if you lay this page and the facing page open on a table, the distance from the left edge of the lefthand page to the right edge of the righthand page will be one inch narrower.
This is the second time we’ve made such a change. In 2001, we reduced the width of the paper by two inches. That change was big enough that we had to redesign the entire newspaper. We changed the size of some type and overhauled the format. This time, we only had to do a little tweaking, and most of the tweaks – things like adjusting the columns in tabulated material like sports box scores and stocks listings -- should be invisible to readers.
One change I’m sure will be noticed is that we had to reorganize the comics pages, and that required us to drop a pair of single-panel comics: Ballard Street and Dennis the Menace. Those comics appeal to very different tastes, but I’m sure each has its fans and will be missed.
This continues a long-term trend in the newspaper industry toward narrower papers. The primary reason is to help control one of the newspaper’s biggest costs, but in this case the change has generally been welcomed by readers, who find it more comfortable to hold the paper if they don’t have to spread their arms as wide.
The McClatchy Co., owner of the Daily News, has not led this movement, but when it becomes clear that the entire industry is going that way, we go along. That tends to be unavoidable because we serve national advertisers like Alaska Airlines, and those advertisers expect standard sizing so that an ad that fits in the Seattle Times will also fit in the Daily News.
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