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LA Times to chunk three print sections, throw up a pay wall

Friday, February 24, 2012

Another incremental newspaper self-mutilation, this one just announced by the LA Times, which is imagekilling its stand-alone Food, Health and Home sections in print and merging them into a “lifestyle” section on Saturday to be called—drum roll please—”Saturday.” Now for the way Times president Kathy Thomson breaks the news to staffers in a memo. Notice the lede buried in the bottom sentence, beneath the happy talk:

On March 10, we will debut a new weekly section called Saturday for our print edition. Saturday is a visual feast designed to reflect Southern California’s unique lifestyle. It will combine the best of our health, food and home sections on a day perfectly suited to living life to its fullest. Our individual Health, Food and Home sections will remain available online, but will no longer be separately published in print.

Add: The LA Times also announces it’s throwing up a pay wall. Read the LAT story; Thomson’s memo is at LA Observed.

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