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Palo Alto 'Daily News' Goes from Tab to Broadsheet

The free Daily News of Palo Alto, Calif., will convert in the fall to a 21-inch-deep broadsheet, which will make it one of the few free broadsheet daily newspapers in the U.S.

Based in the community that surrounds Stanford University, the five-day-a-week paper is making the transition because it is changing its printer to the pressroom of owner MediaNews Group's San Jose Mercury News.

The change from commuter-friendly tabloid to broadsheet is not expected to hurt circulation, because most readers pull copies from newsracks rather than pick them up on mass transit. The new size may help advertising, because the larger format accommodates the large photos in department store ads.

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