- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 13, 2002

The Journal Newspapers Inc., which publishes papers in the Washington suburbs, will switch to a tabloid-size format Dec. 30, according to a statement from publisher and President Ryan E. Phillips.
The announcement, published on the front page of yesterday's editions, came four days after Mr. Phillips told staffers that he will close the company's Rockville and Lanham offices, forcing reporters in those bureaus to work from their cars and homes.
The Journals have been published for decades as broadsheets, the style used by The Washington Times and most other daily newspapers. Supermarket tabloids such as the National Enquirer use the other format size.
"Broadsheets are clunky and difficult. By contrast, the tabloid format is sleek and streamlined. Stories and photographs pop off the page, and advertising doesn't get lost like it can on a bigger page," Mr. Phillips wrote in yesterday's announcement.
Mr. Phillips did not return telephone calls yesterday.
Switching to a tabloid size may help the Journal save money, industry analyst John Morton said.
"If you are endeavoring to reduce your news hole, switching to a tabloid may make it less apparent to your readers," Mr. Morton said.
Journal Newspapers, a private company, is based in Alexandria. It publishes daily editions for Northern Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
The Northern Virginia edition was created this year by merging separate editions for Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William counties and Alexandria.
To cut costs, the company recently stopped publishing on Mondays and canceled its subscription to an independent service that monitors newspaper circulation. It also laid off several employees.

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