Yes, earlier today we all learned two Inquirer editors tried to have sex, but failed. But there’s more! As also reported today, the Inquirer will soon eliminate its Image and Neighbors sections.
Here’s the memo from Inky ME Sandra Long:
I want to let you know of several significant changes that will take place in the next few weeks.
The Inquirer will publish the last edition of the Neighbors sections on Sunday, July 27. We began publishing Neighbors in 1982 following the close of The Bulletin as a way to capture more suburban readership. We started with Horsham Neighbors and continued to expand through the 1980s.
At its peak, Neighbors covered suburban Pennsylvania and South Jersey in microcosmic detail, chronicling events from weekly planning and zoning meetings to wrestling meets, hockey meets and school lunch menus.
We will also combine the Sunday Arts and Entertainment and the Image section on beginning August 3. The last Image section will publish July 27. We began publishing Image when the Inquirer Magazine folded in July 2003.
Details will follow on how we will move some of the content to other sections from Neighbors and Image.
The decision to close the Neighbors sections and Image was made as the company does everything possible to control expenses against the background of a recession in the businesses that advertise in our newspapers and on our website.
In addition, we are looking at ways to reduce the number of pages in the Comics section.
If you have questions, please let me know.
Sandra D. Long
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Not big enough of a shakeup for you? Fine: Management is considering combining the Inquirer and Daily News photo and copy desks, sources report.
Still not enough? Okay, get this: The Inquirer only has two comics pages. (I guess she could be writing about Sunday’s comics section.) If I can’t get my Dennis the Menace and Ziggy fix there, where the hell will I get it?