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Star to continue stand-alone business section

July 13, 2007

Last month, word got out that The Indianapolis Star had decided to fold the newspaper's business section into the Metro&State section.

Industry experts called the move a cost-saving measure, while Star officials said it was a matter of looking for better ways to get news to its readers.

Upon further review this month, Star officials decided to continue business as a stand-alone section.

"We're always looking to improve the product, and don't want to take anything away," said Star Executive Editor Dennis Ryerson. "The reality is, we just couldn't figure out a way to make it work out any better than it was before."

Star officials had proposed rotating business and Metro&State columnists on the section cover, and interspersing some of the top stories from each section on the cover, while maintaining a dedicated business section within.

But in the end, Ryerson said, Star officials couldn't figure out a good way to integrate the two sections.

"We looked at all of our options, and we didn't like our options," Ryerson said. "Going forward, the readers shouldn't notice any difference."

While several readers voiced a desire for a separate business section, Ryerson said there was no major outcry about the proposed change one way or the other.

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