Several years ago, while I was editor of the News & Record, we made the paper narrower in order to save newsprint. It sounds like a simple task, slice an inch off of each side and move on. It isn’t. The entire paper needs to be redesigned. Papers have less space to publish the same stuff. It often feels like loading 10 pounds of potatoes into a seven-pound sack.
The biggest problem are the listings in agate type — stocks, legal ads and sports box scores. Some newspaper readers didn’t like it. This gentleman called to let us know. Be warned, it has some off-color language.)
(This has kicked around the newsroom for a while. I had forgotten about it, until it was emailed to me, making its rounds once again. The paper still publishes box scores.)
Update: Thanks to editor Nathan Stack for recording this off of the voicemail.