Loyal readers of The Valley News are likely to notice some major changes in next week's issue. Don't adjust your bifocals; it's all just part of the plan.
One of the biggest changes you'll likely notice will be the layout. Instead of a compact, double-fold newspaper, The Valley News will henceforth be printed as a single-fold 12-by-11-inch "short tab." The new format will allow for articles to be more prominently displayed on each page, and, hopefully, easier to read as well.
Photos and design elements, especially on the cover, will be noticeably improved with the goal of creating images that are more pleasing to the eye and allowing the talent of our design staff to shine through.
Another major change you'll see is the inclusion of more news from areas like Wilmington, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and other nearby communities. That's because we're going to be merging the Tri-Lakes Free Trader Today and its coverage region into The Valley News. This way, readers of both papers will get a better idea of what is happening across the whole of northern Essex County, southern Franklin County, and beyond.
Though all these changes will be realized next week, one thing that won't be changing is our committment to quality, community-oriented news. We will continue to feature local arts and entertainment, fundraiser events, political news, feature stories, local columns, letters to the editor, sports, and, of course, our Regional Calendar.
The big difference, of course, will be that those stories will now reach a much wider audience - nearly 20,000 - double the number of homes as before. If you have an idea for a story or an announcement for a community event, it's now even more important for you to share that with us.
Personally, I'm excited about the changes and look forward to the possibilities that the new design and the merging of these two papers will bring. I hope you, the reader, will share your feedback with us in the coming weeks, along with any suggestions you have for things you would like to see represented in your free, weekly newspaper.
Matt Bosley is the editor for The Valley News and Tri-Lakes Today newspapers. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.