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Published: Monday, March 28 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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John Charity Spring
Alloway, NJ

This is truly a sad day for long time readers of the Deseret News. Indeed, we have lost something special.

Thomas F. Meagher once said that "The greatest tragedy that could occur in this modern age would be for style to triumph over substance." The new format changes in this paper represent just that--style over substance.

By its own admissions in this article, the paper is removing substantive content in order to make it easier for less educated readers to read. Newspapers should lift readers up, not go down to their level.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

While the cosmetic changes are probably an improvement, the steady shift to the left of the Deseret News' editorial positions and reporting are major negative factors which cause me to question why I bother to subscribe to the print edition at all.

There are many choices for readers who want a left leaning paper, both national and even here in Utah, but few that are objective reporters with conservative editorial views. The former are losing readers at an astonishing rate. Why be one of many failing papers when you could take the road less traveled in the media world and possibly capture the loyal business of conservatives, as in the case of Fox News which is thriving while other cable news outlets are not.

yarrlydarb
Ogden, UT

Sorry, I read the DNews most everyday, but I really hadn't noticed any significant change.

Like I say, sorry.

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

You can make it look pretty but getting rid of so much of your experienced staff was a huge mistake.

On the other hand
Spanish Fork, UT

Capitalism at work, folks.

Best wishes to the Deseret News.

dalefarr
South Jordan, Utah

I'm too old fashioned. I still wish the Deseret News was managed and written by journalists with journalism's values.

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

"On the other hand | 8:40 a.m. March 28, 2011
Spanish Fork, UT
Capitalism at work, folks."

Uh, you do know who owns the Deseret News don't you? The Deseret News is privately owned by the LDS Church and in turn does not have the same economic pressure as other businesses. Cutting the staff was a huge mistake. The quality has gone way down with the addition of the sound bite tv people.

Michael De Groote

I think the new design looks great. Way to go graphic design department and anybody else who worked on it. You rock!

dave
Park City, UT

DN Subscriber | 8:13 a.m. March 28, 2011

I have been reading the DN for the 28 years I have lived in Utah. The DN is not leaning left, the extreme right is leaning further right. From that prospective, anything pragmatic, educated or statesmanlike is seen as left leaning.

Like Reagan said about the democratic party. I did not leave the party, the party left me.

Chris T
Salt Lake City, Utah

I'm just glad we still have the Deseret News. Other papers have failed, this one won't.

Richard Larson
Holladay, ut

The next step should be easing the heavy hand of "standards & practices"
(the d.n.censorship board)!

Richard Larson
Holladay, ut

Give us the option to self-edit our posts before submitting!

Everest
American Fork, UT

How would those people in New Jersey or California know anything about the new design of the print paper? Did they get a copy overnighted via fedex?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Chris T | 10:56 a.m.

I hope you're right about the DMN not failing... I like having it around.

I firmly believe we are better off having MORE media outlets... not consolidating the media into one huge government supporting media super-power (ala provda).

wrostow
Salt Lake City, UT

The readers from CA and NJ are exactly right. Thanks to Clark Gilbert and his decision to slash half his staff, the DNews is a shell of what it once was. You can try to gussy up that shell all you want but it will never replace real journalism done by real journalists. A newspaper is defined by its news. So if you're not willing to invest in a newsroom, you really don't have a newspaper. In that sense, the DNews already has failed. It is very sad.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

Contrary to the claims of some people I have not seen significant changes in the content of the Deseret News over the last few months, other than a broadening of the editorial views expressed.

The creation of the faith section and the family section are good innovations. Carol Makita, who used to work exclusively with KSL, has provided excellent articles.

Newspapers need to change to survive. I would also point out that the Deseret News is not in bankruptcy, unlike the other major newspaper published in Salt Lake City. Lastly, the Deseret News is operated by the LDS Church as a for proffit enterprise. If the Church sunk money into it people would complain about unfair competition against other media outlets. The Deseret News seeks to turn a profit.

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

How about the Deseret News show commitment by hiring back all the people you let go in this bad economy?

I don't much care for the pretty talking heads that contribute nothing to the newspaper itself. It is a poor excuse for journalism when you use these TV sound bite people who scrape up just enough info to sound like they know what they are talking about.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

To survive... the DMN (like every other company that wants to survive)... has to learn to do more with less. They aren't like the government. They can't run a deficit long term.

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt | 10:00 a.m. is wrong... they DO have the same economic pressure as other businesses.

These corporations are separate from the church (how they are incorporated, funded, etc). They are prevented by law from receive tithing funds. Tithing funds are totally separate from the corporate side of things.

Just like any other news company... The DNB has to make a profit, or be sold, or liquidated. That's why they had the layoffs awhile back.

Don't worry... NONE of your tithing goes to the corporate side of things. And none of the profits from these companies gets co-mingled with tithing or what tithing is meant to be used for. They are by law totally separate (financially).

DonO
Draper, UT

I suspect the comment about the paper's liberalism comes from one of the "put 'em on boxcars and ship 'em out" anti-immigration crowd. Anyone who thinks the D News is "left-leaning" needs serious adjustment. Further, you have to agree that the paper has never been anything more or less than it has purported to be. Disagree with its editorial position(s)and/or its new design if you wish but you'll always know where it's coming from. And that's somewhat comforting...whether or not you agree with it.

southmtnman
Provo, UT

DonO,

We have some boxcars. Is that really an option? Lets look into it!

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