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Chicago Tribune goes tab -- well, sort of

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by steveu, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    From the Tribune site... if you can't beat em, compete with em?

    http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/towerticker/2009/01/chicago-tribune.html

    In short, Trib will be tab at area news racks, commuter stations and shops. Home-delivery subscribers and out-of-state readers get broadsheet copies.

    Whaddya think?
     
  2. I think that you probably can smell the panic a mile away.
     
  3. pseudo

    pseudo Active Member

    Um. More work for paginators and pressmen, and no broadsheet single-copy sales in the city?

    I guess this made sense to someone, but I'm not exactly sure why.
     
  4. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    So now paginators, which have been downsized for the last few years, will be asked to do double the work?

    Dumb shits.
     
  5. VJ

    VJ Member

    So they're producing a tab AND a broadsheet? That's the dumbest idea I've ever heard of.
     
  6. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    The second commenter on that page makes perfect sense: "In a time when the Tribune should be looking for ways to save money, printing two different versions of the same paper seems unnecessary and inefficient."
     
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    And oh so typical
     
  8. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Not so dumb. The Sun-Times sells most of its papers to commuters who won't read the Trib on a bus or train. And most people who work in Chicago take the bus or train.
     
  9. VJ

    VJ Member

    I was thinking more of the production aspect, not strategic, when I said it was a dumb idea.
     
  10. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Not disagreeing with you (because I know virtually nothing about production), just taking a different perspective.
     
  11. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    The idea isn't so bad, but it does cause some production headaches such as who is going to layout the tab pages, how do ads that are full-page broadsheet translate into a tab and deadlines.
    I suspect that not many of those of things have been worked out yet.
     
  12. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    I think the Trib is rolling the dice on the S-T going bankrupt and folding.
     
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