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Wall Street Journal Cuts Arts and Culture Coverage

According to Lukas I. Alpert of the Wall Street Journal, editor in chief Gerard Baker announced that the publication is restructuring its print edition due to a decline in advertising and will reduce its coverage of the arts, culture, and New York news.

“All newspapers face structural challenges and we must move to create a print edition that can stand on a sound financial footing for the foreseeable future while our digital horizons continue to expand,” Baker wrote in a memo to staffers.

As a result of the reformatting, the paper will reduce its Greater New York section from six pages to two, combine its Business & Tech column with its Money & Investing section, and merge the Personal Journal and Arena sections to create a new section called Life & Arts, which will include lifestyle, arts, sports, and culture content. In addition to the changes in coverage, which will be implemented starting November 14, the paper has offered voluntary buyouts to its employees and may lay off staff members.

Baker said, “I want to stress that these changes and their ramifications for the newsroom are necessary not just because we must adjust to changing conditions in the print advertising business, but because we know from audience research that readers want a more digestible newspaper.”