With pages and pages of stock listings, business pages were easily able to become standalone sections in the 1980s and 1990s. With that raised status in the newspaper, the news hole for business stories was increased. Studies have shown that the news hole for business rose from 8 percent to 15 percent during that time period.I still think there are important business stories to be covered today - and well into the future. But if newspapers are cutting the amount of space given to business information such as stock listings, could editorial content about business be next on the chopping block?
At some papers, it's already occurring. A cutting of stock listings means that the business section is smaller, or in the case of the Cincinnati Enquirer, relegated once again to the back of another section.