Week 9

Links visited in class:
Newseum.org | Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone

Word list #5: acknowledgement | adverse | agenda | agnostic | athiest | aide-de-camp | airways | allege | allude | refer | alumnus | alumna | amid | amok | among | between | anemia | anesthetic | anoint | anticipate | expect | Appalachia | arbitrate | mediate | assassin | killer | murderer | assault | assets | attorney | lawyer | auger | ax | baloney | Balogna | barbituate | bar Mitzvah | bazaar | bizarre | because | Benzedrine | beside | besides | bettor | biannual | biennial | boat | ship | liabilities | boycott | embargo | broccoli | burglary | busses | cant | carat | caret (for quiz on Wednesday, Oct. 26)

Dow Jones internship:
Tests on the 20th: 11:30 and 3, Stauffer reading room
Test on the 24th: 11:45, Stauffer reading room

Rimrats: Broads, tabs and Berliners

Yesterday, we talked about the Wall Street Journal's decision to narrow its page width to save money, a trend in the newspaper industry for many years. It's a decision that has ramifications in everything from design (obvious) to staffing (less news needed? fewer journalists?) to the size of the printing press and where it can be printed to delivery and display. Nevertheless, one by one, newspapers have narrowed.

In Europe, the trend is toward a newspaper size termed the "Berliner," but it's not, as some thought, named after the German paper of that name. It's between broadsheet and tabloid -- taller than tab, narrower than broad. The Guardian just recently shifted to this size. The "middle" step appears to be catching on in the U.S., too. The Journal and Courier in Indiana is launching a Berliner as soon as it switches over to its new press, and the Shreveport, La., paper is reportedly considering the same move . Both are Gannett papers and Gannett, as you know, is the largest U.S. newspaper company.

Here are some articles about the WSJ "bomb," why it's a big deal, and what newspapers may look like in a decade or so:

"Wall Street Journal To Narrow Its Pages"

"Newspapers: The Future"
Transcript of interview with Frank Ahrens, Washington Post media reporter

"Wall Street Journal to shrink page size, joining trend to cut newsprint costs"

"Wall Street Journal's page width is to narrow in format redesign"

All of the above is discussed somewhere or other in this blog.

Your task: Read through the material above, poke around the blog, and then visit newseum.org and take a look at some of the papers (go global) that are tab/Berliner and consider how they are different from broadsheet. Do they have advantages? Disadvantages? Post your reactions here in the blog. What do you think some of the consequences of a general "shrinking" will be? Think possibilities as well as limitations. Please print out papers to which you refer since they'll be gone on the newseum site before we can discuss them. Feel free to find other discussions on the Web. Do include those links in your post, or just post it by itself so others will know to check it out. We're moving into full-page design after the mid-term, so look closely! Enjoy.