Politico has chosen two new typefaces “designed specifically for newsprint’s narrow column measures,” its editors write in a note about its print product’s new look.
These new fonts, which are slightly more condensed than the old ones, will allow for more photographs and information graphics on inside pages. And Escrow will allow the paper to fully embrace S-E-Q-U-E-S-T-R-A-T-I-O-N in headlines.
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s new print design heralds not just a new look but also “more news about your communities from our expanded reporting teams in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties and South Jersey,” Editor William Marimow writes in a letter to readers.
The redesigned paper, as Daniel Denvir reported it would, includes a smaller, one-page opinion section. Philadelphia magazine’s Joel Mathis says the new size isn’t as big a problem as the content: Too much room “is given to a warmed-over Charles Krauthammer column that most everybody in the country read on Friday, when it was in the Washington Post.”
I have enormous respect for the hardworking journalists of the Inquirer, but that doesn’t say “essential community reading” to me. It’s hard to root for a two-page section—as editors are reportedly asking people to do—when they underutilize the page they have. This is an ongoing problem: On Sunday, the two-page op-ed section featured a George Will column from the Post, and a reprint from the Los Angeles Times.
TheWrap has also unveiled a redesign. “We tried hard to respond to reader suggestions in making the site simpler to navigate while keeping the depth of content that starts conversations and brings readers back,” Wrap boss Sharon Waxman writes in — what else — a letter to readers. That note welcomes Sara Morrison as TheWrap’s full-time media reporter, a position the publication announced Friday.