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I got your stocks right here

Last week I wrote about how The Gazette was trimming its Saturday stock listings because nobody actually reads them and they’re a massive waste of space.

In the post I criticized the paper for pointing to the Financial Post for stock information instead of creating its own stock pages online.

Today, it announced it was doing exactly that, and had created a Gazette-branded mini-website for stock information.

The individual pages are simple, comprehensive, clutter-free, and have a big Gazette logo at the top. That’s a very good start.


Want stocks? Read another paper

A few months ago, The Gazette asked some of its readers about the stock listings in its business section. Every Saturday, it takes three whole broadsheet pages to list everything in the Toronto Stock Exchange, as well as important stocks in the NYSE and NASDAQ, currency markets and a bunch of other stuff. Tuesday to Friday, it’s just the highlights on a single page.

Expectedly, most of the respondents said they have little to no interest in the listings, printed in an impossibly-too-small-to-read font. Anyone with enough interest in daily stocks is going to go online to search for that information anyway.

As a result, starting next Saturday, the Saturday listings will be the same as the Tuesday to Friday ones, consisting of a single page.

This just plain makes sense. Newspapers need to maintain commonly used reference information like movie listings, but stock prices that are obsolete mere hours after they’re printed are kind of a waste of paper. And these two full pages can be better used producing editorial material.

One criticism however is in The Gazette’s note to readers, which points them to the Financial Post’s website (which doesn’t make it obvious where I can get individual stock information). I realize everyone knows that CanWest owns both papers, but would it have been really hard to create a page on the Gazette’s site for stock listing information? It’s just a matter of changing the logo at the top.