A memo from SGVN Managing Editor Steve Hunt provides the details:
Because many of our copy editors and designers will be working 1:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. shifts, we also are going to change the copy deadlines for reporters at all five papers. Beginning Monday, Jan. 19, all inside A section copy for the three SGVN papers will be due at 1:30 p.m. A1 copy for Whittier and Pasadena will be due at 5 p.m., while A1 copy for the Tribune will be due at 5:30 p.m.The San Bernardino Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin implemented a 3 p.m. deadline* for inside-A material.
The SGVN papers (San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, and Whittier Daily News) had already instituted a 2 p.m. deadline for non-A1 copy, so the change might be less dramatic there. Still, the earlier deadlines will mean less timely news in the printed newspaper and bolster reader reliance on online briefs and updates for the latest news. It will probably also force the sister papers to rely more on each others copy to fill in gaps.
The Inland Division copy-desk merger will also result in earlier "off the floor" deadlines - that's the point at which stories need to have been edited, copy edited and set for print. Once again, the memo:
Beginning Jan. 26, the deadline for the Sun will be 9:30 p.m. and the deadline for Whittier will be 9:45 p.m. The Bulletin deadline will remain 10 p.m. Pasadena's deadline will remain 10:45 p.m., while Tribune's will change to 11:30 p.m.The Sun's deadline comes before most city council and county board meetings are even at their half-way points, so readers will have to go online to find out what happened the night before.
The gaps left after the Bulletin deadline might be designed to accommodate further copy desk consolidation, with the other members of LANG - Torrance Daily Breeze, Los Angeles Daily News and Long Beach Press-Telegram - possibly joining the uber desk in the next few months.
Read the full memo here.
*The original post listed an incorrect deadline time here. The information is now correct.