LA Observed reports that Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein has made a deal to print the Wall Street Journal, which rents the Times' presses for its West Coast edition, later in the day than his own paper. That will push the deadlines for Times reporters several hours forward - possibly as early as 6 p.m. The result will be that some late-breaking news won't appear in the morning edition of the printed edition.
I've experienced these kinds of early deadlines due to crowded printing schedules and they are demoralizing.
I'm hearing that the Times' off-the-composing-floor deadline of 11 p.m. (with updates until midnight) for the front news section will move earlier by several hours, perhaps to 6 p.m. This would be, I'm pretty sure, the earliest regular deadline in the paper's modern history — at a time when the pressure to be fresher and newsier is greater. It might also mean that the New York Times' deadline for getting breaking news from California onto its front page will be later than the hometown LAT's.
Under the Hartenstein plan, big news that happens late won't be on the front page or even in the A section — which, remember, is now also the LAT's only local news section. Late news will run in a new section-lite being called AA — and branded as LATExtra. For now, at least, Stanton is telling the newsroom that AA will usually run behind the front section, not wrapped around the front page. Stanton's sales pitch today to skeptical editors and reporters was that the trade-off would have been more layoffs.
*Update: Editors had to sign nondisclosure agreements, LAO reports.