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Press & Journal upgrades done with you in mind: Jason Maddux

By Jason Maddux, jasonmaddux@pressandjournal.com
Posted 2/28/17

Look on pages B4 and B5 of today’s Press & Journal.

Take a look at the oldest business listed.

163 Years: The Press & Journal.

We are proud of that number. But we don’t take it for granted.

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Press & Journal upgrades done with you in mind: Jason Maddux

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Look on pages B4 and B5 of today’s Press & Journal.

Take a look at the oldest business listed.

163 Years: The Press & Journal.

We are proud of that number. But we don’t take it for granted.

Yes, the newspaper industry has seen better days. But local news — the news you get in newspapers like the Press & Journal and on pressandjournal.com, isn’t going away anytime soon.

Our longevity doesn’t mean we can rest on our laurels, either.

We are very proud of what we are giving to you today in the redesigned Press & Journal.

The first thing you will notice is it’s much easier to read. Our fonts our fresher and more pleasing to the eye. The typeface for stories is more engaging. The headlines are more eye-catching.

But we hope you look beyond that.

We have not overhauled every single feature or page in the Press & Journal, but we have done our best to update what needed updating.

You will still find LaVonne Ackerman. In most editions moving forward, we will publish her work in the A section, so you can find out about birthdays and community events even faster.

I have worked hard to get more local content on the Opinion page. This week, you are obviously reading my column. I hope to write more in the coming months. But we also have James Miller, the Middletown native who gives his perspective on national politics.

You might have noted several new local columns of late. We are very excited to have Susannah Gal and Joe Trojcak, who each try to write each month. And we have columns from Ed O’Connor, our ex-pat in Ecuador.

We are looking to add more local voices. Contact me if you are interested.
Soon we will roll out our Editorial Board, with members of the public on board. Joe and Louise Sukle and I will be joined by several members of the community to help shape the editorial stances of the Press & Journal.

You might notice that 23 Years Ago has a new name and a new feel. It is now called From the Vault. We are going to feature more photos and fewer words as we take advantage of our vast archives to take you back in time in Middletown and the surrounding area. We won’t stick to just 23 years ago each week. How far we go back in time will vary in each edition.

If you’re looking for Sound Off, it’s gone. Publisher Joe Sukle outlines some of the reasons for that in his column on the front page.

We will now have puzzles and games, a feature that we hope you enjoy as a weekly diversion to the headlines. See page A7.

Our church listings have a cleaner new look to help you learn more about what’s going on in the local religious community.

Moving forward, we want to make our Sports section more about the young athletes playing the games and their stories. We want to expand our coverage as well into the dart leagues, the bowling lanes, the pool halls and the golf outings.

And I can’t wait for all of you to use our new website, which is light years ahead of our old one. It is much easier to navigate and it allows us to provide more photos and other content.

In addition to how it looks, you might have noticed in the last several months that more content has been posted on pressandjournal.com, even before it has appeared in the print edition that comes out each Wednesday.

We want to give you a reason to come to our website throughout the week, not just when a bunch of stories are posted on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as used to be the case. Take for example a story that we posted on Friday afternoon, when we talked to Robert Givler about his candidacy for Middletown mayor. We posted a fairly lengthy story Friday but provided more information in the print edition Wednesday.

Will we always do it this way? Not necessarily. But we aren’t going to wait until Wednesday to post a story like that online. You might get slightly different versions.

But we will always aim to be timely on our website.

This is a concise list of some of the changes. But be assured that we will continue to evolve, with each print edition and on our website, to make sure we are meeting your needs.

Jason Maddux is editor of the Press & Journal. Email him at jasonmaddux@pressandjournal.com.

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