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Sun-Times's Shrinkage

By Margaret Lyons in News on Jan 8, 2008 10:34PM

2008_1_8.suntimes.jpgIn an attempt to save $50 million this year, the company is eliminating 40 newsroom jobs at the Sun-Times, 11 newsroom jobs at Pioneer Press papers throughout the suburbs, a three Northwest side Pioneer Press papers all together (the Jefferson Park/Portage Park/Belmont-Cragin Times, the Harlem-Irving Times, and the Edgebrook-Sauganash Times).

And today, the Sun-Times itself shrunk.

By an inch. The Sun-Times unveiled a slightly shorter paper today as part of a redesign. Apparently this makes ad sales easier because now the tabloid is about as tall as broadsheets are wide. Did anyone really notice the inch? Or as the Canadian press is calling it, the 2.5 cm?

The Trib's redesign comes out Monday. According to a Trib memo, the paper "will not be dramatically reorganized in the redesign, but we will be making some substantial spacing and typographic changes." [WAND, Canadian Press, Trib, Crain's]