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Morning Brief — Wednesday, October 29

We’ve been hearing about staff cuts at The Los Angeles Times for a while now.  Liz from The Penguin Press reports passed on an article from Variety with some details.  Unfortunately (although perhaps not surprisingly) the cuts affect a number of writers who cover books: Lynell George, Scott Timberg and Veronique de Turenne.

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Liz and Shannon from Viking Penguin both passed on the news that the Christian Science Monitor will publish exclusively online.  The New York Observer reports that the last print edition will appear April 1, 2009.

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Massive cuts also at McGraw Hill (which publishes Business Week, among other titles), Time Inc. and The Newark-Star Ledger.  I haven’t yet seen names of departing writers, but I’m guessing this doesn’t bode well for book coverage.

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  1. The Christian Science Monitor is actually going to print publish weekly and have daily updates online, so it’s not ceasing print publication entirely. Most of the news stories about the change seemed to get it wrong saying it’s going online only now (not reading the pr closely enough?).

    Check our csmonitor.com for their story:
    http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1029/p25s01-usgn.html

    “The Christian Science Monitor plans major changes in April 2009 that are expected to make it the first newspaper with a national audience to shift from a daily print format to an online publication that is updated continuously each day.

    The changes at the Monitor will include enhancing the content on CSMonitor.com, starting weekly print and daily e-mail editions, and discontinuing the current daily print format.”

    I thought BusinessWeek.com seemed to explain it best:
    http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/content/oct2008/db20081028_224442.htm

    Comment by Alice Northover | October 30, 2008 | Reply

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