The New York Times will be easier for me to have and to hold on Sunday mornings. That's because it's shrinking its pages by one-and-a-half inches width-wise next year. So much for the good news.
The bad news is that it's cutting 250 jobs, all apparently in production, as well as its ''news hole.''
The newspaper's plans include closing a printing plant in Edison, N.J. The plant's workload will shift to another in New York City, the article said, estimating the moves would save the company $42 million per year. The job cuts account for about one-third of the Times' total production work force of 800, the newspaper said.
The reduction in the size of its pages would mean a loss of 11 percent of the space devoted to news, but the newspaper plans to add pages to make up for about half of that loss.
"That's a number that I think we can live with quite comfortably," Executive Editor Bill Keller was quoted as saying. "The smaller news space would require tighter editing and putting some news in digest form."
Just what the world needs -- more journalism in ''digest form."