Day 3 Of The New Star-Advertiser

·By John Temple

Star-Advertiser owner David Black was quoted in the first edition of his new newspaper as saying that he hoped to “put out a great newspaper.”

Of course it’s too early to judge whether he’ll be able to accomplish that goal. But one thing is clear after three days: His new newspaper is bigger and has more news than either of the papers it supplanted had.

I compared Wednesday’s news sections of the Star-Advertiser with the news sections of the old Honolulu Advertiser and Star-Bulletin from the same day a week ago.

What a difference a week makes.

This comparison doesn’t delve into the quality of the coverage. My focus is how much news and advertising a customer receives.

The verdict: About the same amount of local coverage as the old Advertiser. But a lot more space for stories from wire services.

Here’s what I found. Warning: it’ll be rough slogging, but worth it when you get to the end.

The Honolulu Advertiser from June 2, 2010.

The A and B sections totaled 24 pages, with 10 in the A and 14 in the B. The 24 pages included six pages of classified advertising.
The A section carried three locally written articles, plus seven stories from wire services. It also included 10 short wire items, either on news topics or gossipy people items. These are generally known as briefs. It included one locally written editorial, one local column, nine local letters and a cartoon and column from wire services. The section also included a weather report. The section had

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