The Baltimore Sun will launch zoned editions with expanded local news in Anne Arundel, Carroll and Howard counties beginning Monday, Publisher Michael J. Davies announced yesterday.
The three zoned editions will include a larger news section featuring a greater focus on local coverage as well as stories of regional and statewide interest. Among other things, the section will provide more coverage of local schools, issues concerning senior citizens and business news.
The section will also include community calendars, neighborhood reports and extensive lists, ranging from birth and death announcements to building permits.
"The local news section will be among the largest, if not the
largest, of any metropolitan newspaper in the country," Mr. Davies said. "I should emphasize that all these local enhancements are in addition to our existing coverage."
The newspapers will add more coverage of high school sports and will include daily television listings geared to each county. An editorial or column about a local issue will appear in each of the three zoned editions every day except Saturday.
The changes are designed to attract suburban readers who want intensive local news and advertisers who want to target a particular geographic market, Mr. Davies said.
The recession forced the company to pull back on plans to offer zoned editions in Harford and Baltimore counties and the city of Baltimore, Mr. Davies said.
Those editions might begin early next year if the economy improves, he said.
Beginning Oct. 4, the tabloid-sized Harford County Sun, which is published each Sunday, will grow to a full-size section combining Harford County and regional news.