WSJ shrinks the ‘What’s News’ feature section

The ‘What’s News’ section has been the Wall Street Journal’s A1 staple for years. This section packs snippets together from the day’s articles along with items not found in the paper. The content was segregated into three sections: Business, Finance, and Worldwide. However, now only the Business and Finance sub sections remain, MediaBistro reports.

In a memo by Gerard Baker, the Journal’s Managing Editor, he stated that slimming down this section will allow for more A1 items regarding Business and Finance to make the front page. Baker went on to say that, “The case for two full columns of news digest items has diminished, and some of the items in the ‘What’s News’ column have become repetitive, even otiose.” Hence, this change will “enable us to get more original reporting and news from the front page – including no-jump stories as brevity sometimes demands – more enterprise reporting, more creative and appealing use of news photography, graphics, and other visual devices.”

The move to diminish the column’s size is aimed at removing the ‘Daily Vital Signs of the Economy’ graphic from the foot of the columns, Monday’s ‘What’s Ahead’ columns as well as making individual digest stories more concise. The daily news hopes to make room for as many ‘What’s News’ items as they had in the last few years.

The ‘What’s News’ section will now run as a single column and thus additional space available on the rest of the page will offer more flexibility for bigger stories of the day, according to a report by CapitalNewYork.com. This will further enable the front page of the WSJ to include more of their original reporting and more news, including no-jump stories as brevity sometimes demands, more enterprise reporting, more creative and appealing use of news photography, graphics, and other visual devices.

By: Savita V Jayaram

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