Feb 6, 2013

More stories, pics: will a compact SMH pass the pinch test?

More stories (with more photos) in less time with more space in a smaller paper: Sydney Morning Herald hacks have been told how the move to a "compact" will hit on March 4.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

Journalists at The Sydney Morning Herald will be expected to produce up to three times as many stories as they currently do when the paper shifts from a broadsheet to a “compact” format in three weeks. And they’ll have to do it in less time.

SMH readers can expect more photographs, more graphics and more stories when the papers become tabloid-sized on March 4, according to an internal email sent to staff by weekday editor Richard Woolveridge. Similar changes are likely at The Age, which is converting to a tabloid on the same day.

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3 thoughts on “More stories, pics: will a compact SMH pass the pinch test?

  1. Alan Davies

    Mr Woolveridge needs the services of some of my Twitter and Facebook friends. They’re already turning out 20 or 30 human interest “stories” each and every day. Pictures are no problem either thanks to Instragram.

  2. Milanion20

    Does the progress of the SMH plan explain the disappearance of the Letters page?

  3. Jim Moore

    Maybe the senior Herald reporter will be granted his wish for more room after the drugs-in-sport saga has run its course, as the audience for sports stories may be greatly diminished and hence so will the column inches dedicated to them.

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