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October 7, 2013

Scott Underwood: Why we put it where we put it daily

Last week I received a voice-mail message from an indignant reader. She was perturbed that not all comic panels and lifestyles features are grouped together in The Herald Bulletin.

While she did not leave her name or contact information for a response, her question, I’m sure, is on the minds of some other readers, as well.

It may seem counterintuitive that The Lockhorns isn’t on the same page with Family Circus and that Dear Abby and Astrograph sometimes end up on a page in a different section than our other lifestyles content.

It might also seem odd to readers that some issues of The Herald Bulletin contain a C or D Nation section and others have a Nation/World page in the A section.

Several forces drive page and subject matter placement in our newspaper. Here are three of those considerations:

1. Content flow

For the front page of the newspaper every day, we choose what we believe to be the most important and interesting local, state, national and world news. Given that we are a community newspaper and local news is our franchise, our news judgment skews that direction.

In the pages that follow the front page, we give preference to local and state news, until the Nation/World page (or section) is introduced. We try to follow that page with more national and international news. The Commentary page almost always appears near the back of the front section.

The sports section generally follows the A section, and the other two sections are devoted mostly to Classified ads and lifestyles coverage.

2. Room for advertisements

Advertising revenue makes up more than half of The Herald Bulletin’s income, so we have to assure that the daily paper has room for ads.

The number of ads, how much space they consume and the advertisers’ preferences for page placement can influence decisions about how many pages we have, where “news hole” is positioned and how much content can be used.

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