Newspapers rely on change. Without change, there would be no news.
But at the same time, our customers like to have an idea of what to expect. That’s why changes in format, style, page position and daily features are so infrequent.
So here’s a heads up for our loyal readers: The News-Enterprise will look a little different beginning with tomorrow’s paper.
You could say most of the changes are cosmetic. The stories and headline typefaces will be different. We think they’ll be easier to read and look great coming out of our new press site.
The local news report plus standing features such as Monday’s Man, Tuesday’s Teen and Wednesday’s Woman will continue to attempt to offer a fair and complete reflection of the communities and people we serve.
Content-wise the primary changes are a new and expanded weather map on Page 2 each day, larger photographs for obituaries and a few tweaks on Money, our business page published Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
The revisions also transform the Classified section by using wider columns of type which will match other parts of the paper.
Puzzle fans will find their four favorites – Crossword, Cryptoquip, Seek and Find, and Jumble – in the midst of the Classified pages in each edition.
If you read the comics page daily, you’ll still have 14 chuckles waiting for you but the lineup is being revamped.
Seven will be immediately familiar because they have been in the paper for some time. The others are a mix of classics such as Dennis the Menace and B.C. plus newer features including Pickles, which focuses on life from a senior citizen perspective, and Curtis, in which the main characters are minorities. Also new is Fort Knox, which concentrates on a military family’s life while borrowing its name from our local post.
These changes and our new crisp print job are among the updates and improvements related to new ownership. For seven weeks, The News-Enterprise has been part of the Paxton Media Group, a Kentucky-based company. Staff throughout the building has been learning new operating systems and software that aim to streamline and improve our services to readers and advertisers.
Most of the upgrades have been in the background. The new look, which begins Tuesday, might be the first concrete sign of improvement for the average customer, but we trust all these efforts will secure our future success as a company and enhance service to you.
Our primary missions, the daily news report and serving the advertising and promotion needs of local business, remain in the hands of competent, trained local residents who you’ve come to know. If anything, our ability to meet that commitment has been enhanced and sharpened by recent changes.
If you have questions, comments or suggestions, as always, I’m ready to hear. The newspaper’s primary mission is to reflect the community it serves. We do that best when we’re engaged in a dialogue. My contact information follows.