Starting Tuesday, you’ll see some changes in The Gazette.
Here are four things you need to know:
1. The Gazette is getting narrower. The paper on which The Gazette is printed comes from Canada and is the subject of a tariff, which has increased paper costs more than 30 percent. Paper is The Gazette’s second-biggest expense, and the newspaper doesn’t have access to alternatives, such as paper produced domestically.
Printing on pages one inch narrower will create significant savings, Gazette Editor Sid Schwartz said.
To accommodate the narrower format, the design of the front page and the sports front page will change. Inside the paper, columns on some pages will be narrower, but the size of text in stories will not change.
2. Additional cost- and space-saving measures include eliminating the weekly On Entertainment section, but TV listings will continue to be published daily on the TV/Advice page.
Leaving the TV/Advice page will be the “Tune in Tonight” column by Kevin McDonough and the JATV listings.
Other features being eliminated elsewhere include “Aces on Bridge,” “Last Word in Astrology” and the extra crossword puzzle in Sunday’s paper.
3. The minimum size of the weekly kicks entertainment section is being reduced, and the size of the calendar on the Every Day page is being trimmed. Student art will continue to be published when space is available.
The distribution of advertising through the paper will be adjusted to make the most efficient use of every page.
4. The Sound Off column, which has appeared on the Opinion Page every Sunday and Wednesday, is being eliminated.
The change is driven by journalism, not by cost, Schwartz said.
“In this era of the media being pummeled with accusations of ‘fake news,’ we feel it is more important than ever to make sure our journalistic integrity is unquestionable,” Schwartz wrote in a Wednesday column.
Anonymous commentary has no place in a publication that takes pride in its journalism, he said.