Today apparently was the last day for the Democrat-Gazette's Weekend section as a stand-alone tabloid insert in the Friday paper. Advertisers have been informed that the section will disappear and the coverage be folded into the Thursday features section. We have a call in, but it seems likely a product of on-going cost-cutting there and everywhere. The D-G earlier had instituted a hiring and pay freeze and asked for voluntary hour reductions from staff.
UPDATE: A prototype of the new Thursday section with weekend coverage is shown above.
UPDATE II: The stand-alone Food section is headed for a rollup with the Wednesday features section as another paper-saving move.
UPDATE III: Deputy Editor Frank Fellone says, without providing details, that changes are being made. "I think that this paper is changing a lot less than other newspapers and whatever changes we make will be thoroughly considered and logical, and with the least dissonance for readers," Fellone said.
-- Gerard Matthews