Compact format for Evening Gazette

After two years of planning, the Evening Gazette in Middlesbrough is set to change to a compact format from its 27 September edition, to coincide with its new £15m printing press, writes Sarah Lagan.

Editor Steve Dyson said: “We are not dumbing down, we will keep our content and personality the same as before. Our readers have told us they want every cough and spit of news – they like the detail, so we’ll continue to give it them.”

The paper’s photographers have been given training as well as laptops and technical equipment, and journalists will be advised on writing to length. Supplements and sections that have been carried as inserts will now be bound in and there will be signposting throughout.

The Evening Gazette launched in 1828, and went tabloid during the Second World War to save on paper, before returning to the broadsheet format in 1953.

Its staff have been saddened by the untimely death of the paper’s award-winning journalist Tony Dumphy, who died last week. He led the paper’s design through its change to compact

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