I'm trying to keep a holiday schedule today to work on some website improvements, but there's also newspaper news from the Register in Orange County. It's killing the stand-alone Business section, moving financial news to the front section, dropping stock listings and zoning local coverage and ads into six geographic areas. At least they don't try in the story to make it sound like the reason is better service for readers:
The changes, which will begin Jan. 30, are being made in response to the challenges facing newspapers in this digital age – declining circulation, a loss of advertising, high newsprint costs and an increasing demand for instantaneous access to news.
"Shifting our business coverage into News is driven by a need to be more efficient in the type of news we publish in our newspaper versus online," said Terry Horne, Register president and publisher. "The Marketplace pages within the News section will continue to provide useful information on what's happening in the business community, why it's happening, how it affects Orange County."
The Register will be the largest daily in the country without a Business section. Because no one cares about money in Orange County, eh?