The New York Times this week announced that it’s combining some of its sections.
It means sports will be part of the business section Tuesday through Friday while remaining a stand-alone section on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The Metro section will be part of the front section every day except Sunday, but even on Sunday Metro may not be a standalone section.
The move is in an effort for the newspaper to save some cash in production costs, but I think they could be hurting the overall product.
It makes sense to combine the sports section on non-busy sports days, and the busy days are on the weekend. Makes sense to me.
But Metro will get lost as part of the front section. It’ll be buried behind the national and international news.
And there are a lot of people who believe the New York Times only pretends to cover New York. In some ways it’s a justified feeling. I personally don’t go to the Times for the stories of city. I go to the New York Daily News. The Times is where you go for national, international and political news. Not local news.
The Times editors are looking for ways to make sure Metro doesn’t get lost in the front section, including bringing more local stories to the front page. If they wanted to be a local newspaper, wouldn’t they already be bringing more local stories to the front page?
The move — which goes into effect in October — is just going to confirm what many people believe about how the Times covers New York.
It’s like the scene from The Paper when Michael Keaton’s character is called out for stealing a news tip from the desk of the editor of the newspaper that’s supposed to be like the New York Times. He gets told that he lost a chance to cover the world, which launches Keaton into a rant about living in New York that ends like this: