Part of an occasional series on how Gannett newspapers are preparing for an unprecedented layoff in early December.
I've now heard from two readers scrambling against a Monday deadline to redesign their papers. Today, in an e-mail, a third reader says: "Cuts won't be limited to personnel. Publishers and editors are being encouraged to rebook the paper to dramatically reduce newshole. Among the sections on the chopping block are Lifestyle and Voices sections, along with national sports. In some cases, four-section papers will be cut to three or two sections. There's lots of rethinking going on, but the bottom line is the reader will get less. Imagine an entire paper in a mid-sized market with 24 pages or less. And, since it takes less manpower to produce 24 pages vs. (say) 48 pages, people will be lost, too. Look for lots of universal desks to spring up, with editors handling pages for multiple sections."
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