Why does the N&R print redesign steal a good chunk of the Sunday opinion-section front for a calendar of local events?
It smells of consultants to me. And it does not smell good.
UPDATE: An alert reader writes:
Excellent call on the Ideas calendar.
The Life section runs a weekly front page list of what's hot and what's not in pop culture and entertainment. There's no attribution whatsoever. Is it locally produced or gleaned from the wires? Readers don't know. And for those of us who don't care for a regular diet of lists, boring as hell.
Basically, calendars are cheap space fillers. Dependable, too. Something will also be going on. That means less thought (and manpower) has to be put into the Ideas section. No consultant was necessary for this move. The N&R is expert at quick & dirty, reader-cheating filler.