Following up on last week’s full page letter from the publisher, news editor Denis Finley had an article in Sunday’s paper about specific changes that are coming to The Virginian-Pilot. The article was republished as a blog post Monday.
Here are the changes you will begin to see next week:
– On Mondays only, we will combine the front section with the Hampton Roads section, and we will combine Sports and Classified. The editorial section will be one page.
– The Sunday editorial pages will be three pages instead of four.
– The Sunday Health and Science section will be eliminated. News about health and science isn’t going away but now will be displayed in our news sections. The Eyewitness page, a part of Health and Science, will alternate on Mondays with Context in the front section.
– The Drive and Classified sections will be combined on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
– The weather page will run on the back of Sports every day.
– We will eliminate a total of about a dozen other pages per week to come from sections including The Daily Break and Gracious Living.
– We no longer will offer a North Carolina section on Sunday for readers on the Outer Banks and other parts of northeastern North Carolina. We will continue to cover those areas and display that news throughout the paper.
Of all the changes, the ones I hate to see are those affecting the editorial pages, especially the Sunday reduction. Sundays are the days when we get to see op-eds by locals on the issues that matter to them the most. Yes, those columns are posted online but I still haven’t figured out how to comfortably sit with a computer and a cup of coffee and read them. Not only that, but the presentation of them in the printed paper is far different than the way they appear online. Take this one, for example. In the printed paper, it was a full page spread.
Wish Spike Lee had encouraged people not only to be educated, but to read the newspaper as a part of that education.