We've been doing a lot of listening the last week and a half — because you've had a lot to say.
Please bring back the weather maps and national temperatures.
The comic strips are harder to read now. Can't you put Dear Abby on another page?
Restore the stock market graphics on the daily Business page.
We got the message. And changes are in the offing.
Starting Monday, we'll expand the daily weather package so it includes the color weather maps and national and world temperatures.
We should have known better than to mess with that page: For years, reader surveys have indicated that local weather information is high-interest content.
(Yes, Mom: Too soon old, too late smart.)
The other issues — comics, Dear Abby, stocks — will require more study. But I can assure you, we will find solutions.
When we made the decision earlier this year to reduce the width of our newspaper, we knew it would bring change: both welcomed and unwelcomed.
But the page size itself has not stirred a lot of reader reaction.
Let me emphasize two important aspects of the newspaper that have not changed:
— Our type is same size. We're using the same 9-point Olympian font that you've been reading for the last 20-some years.
— Our local stories are as numerous as ever. No cutbacks there. And in the coming weeks, you can expect to read more local content. We recently hired an education reporter and a sports writer to fill staff vacancies.
Does that cover it? If not,let us know. We're ready to do more listening:
— Jim Rossow, executive editor, 217-351-5231, firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Dan Corkery, managing editor for administration, 217-351-5218, email@example.com.
Dan Corkery is a member of The News-Gazette's editorial board.