Columbus newspaper switches to smaller format

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Dispatch is introducing a smaller-sized newspaper.

The Dispatch touts the redesigned product -- cut down to 11-by-14 3/4 inches -- as better organized, easier to navigate and easier for readers to handle.

The Dispatch says (http://bit.ly/Uwsy2m ) said the new format will allow for more photographs and fewer "jumps," or stories that have to be continued on other pages. Pages are narrower and about one-third shorter than the broadsheet product, and it's delivered to readers folded in half to roughly the size of a magazine.

The Dispatch's circulation is about 142,000 daily and 265,000 on Sunday.

The Cincinnati Enquirer plans a similar format change this year and has reached an agreement with the Dispatch to print the newspaper. The Enquirer will close its Cincinnati printing plant.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com