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Smaller pages, bigger hit

Smaller pages, bigger hit

Stuff newspapers now in compact size

We’ve gone compact. From today our nine daily metropolitan and regional papers (The Dominion Post, The Press, Manawatū Standard, Taranaki Daily News, Waikato Times, Nelson Mail, Marlborough Express, The Timaru Herald and The Southland Times) have switched to a smaller compact size that’s big on news and views.

The decision to move the dailies to compact is a reader-led initiative, but also an opportunity to reinvigorate Stuff’s newspapers, says CEO Sinead Boucher.

“Newsprint has been at the heart of our business for 150 years or more. Investing in this change has given us the opportunity to rethink the way we gather and present local and national news and how we can make advertising more appealing to customers and advertisers.

“I am proud of the thought and design evident in today’s first off-the-press compact editions - they look better, they’re easier to read, and they’re here to stay.”

The newspaper subscriber has been at the centre of every change - with the project team focusing on what content appeals to readers and building on that in a more convenient, easier to read format delivering what readers want more of, as well as creating a better visual experience.

Advertising sizes have also changed to a more simplified format.

The content will continue to reflect the regional and metropolitan audience with a focus on local, national and international news and more in depth reporting on issues that affect readers.

There has been a refresh of cartoonists and columnists, the sharemarket table has been expanded and a new obituaries page included. Puzzles, racing, sport, television, weather and business remain, some with a spruce up.

“We have worked hard to make the daily newspaper experience better and richer. We know that these papers are well loved and an important part of communities across New Zealand, and we want that to continue” says Boucher.

Saturday editions and the Sunday Star-Times will remain in their broadsheet size.


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