La Presse minces its paper

It came with little fanfare (so little that even I missed it at first), but La Presse on Tuesday became the latest newspaper to cut its width by an inch in order to save on newsprint costs.

This previously-announced decision is part of that $26 million in budget cuts that also resulted in the cancellation of the Sunday edition.

Before: Aug. 10

Before: Aug. 10

After: Aug. 11

After: Aug. 11

It comes about six months after The Gazette also reduced its width by an inch in a bid to save money. Like The Gazette, La Presse has redesigned certain page elements to accommodate the smaller size (but isn’t altering the size of its body type).

Philippe Cantin explained the decision in a brief note to readers on Page A4:

From La Presse, Aug. 11, Page A4

From La Presse, Aug. 11, Page A4

Various other media reporting on La Presse’s change note that it’s now the same width (though obviously not the same height) as the Journal de Montréal.

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