To Our Readers

The Sun prepares to launch new look, size

April 07, 2002

Beginning tomorrow, the pages of The Sun will become slightly smaller. Many U.S. newspapers already have trimmed their size to reduce the cost of newsprint, the paper that we use. The Sun spends about $30 million annually on newsprint, which is our largest production expense.

This change will result in substantial savings that will help us maintain our standards of journalism, commitment to news coverage and customer service. And for some readers, the narrower width may make The Sun easier to handle.

As we convert all of our printing presses, readers may notice that the pages of some sections will be wider than others. There also will be no zoned county sections on Mondays. We apologize for any inconvenience, but please bear with us. These discrepancies are temporary and will end later this month.

Once this transition period has ended, The Sun will remain the newspaper you've grown accustomed to reading and relying on.

Other changes will include:

Slight modifications in headline type, presentation and labelling of stories.

The Sun and The New York Times weekday crossword puzzles will move to the top of the second comics page inside the Today section. The Sunday crossword puzzles will remain in the Perspective section.

The Wednesday A la Carte section will be renamed Taste and will provide expanded coverage of entertaining and dining trends.

Page One, Business and Sports section indexes will move to the bottom of the pages.

The Sunday edition will include short summaries across the top of the front page noting the best of the Sunday sections.

The Sun welcomes your comments and questions. Please send them to Ed Hewitt at 410-332-6495 or ed.hewitt@baltsun.com.

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