A letter from the editor
Dear readers, Last week I wrote to you to tell you that a new-look Weekly is coming on 12 October. I know many of you have been wondering what these changes will involve.
The exciting news is that, from our next issue, the Guardian Weekly will be relaunching as a weekly news magazine.
From next week, you will see more pages in a beautifully designed magazine featuring the best of the Guardian’s reporting, features and opinion writing. Sharper printing and a larger type size will also make the Weekly easier to read.
We will also take advantage of these extra pages to produce three international editions of the Weekly. These will be a Global edition, a North American and an Australian edition. Readers in the US, Canada and Australia will see a handful of pages produced in conjunction with our editorial teams in New York and Sydney.
For those of you who have been reading the Weekly since it was printed on airmail paper - if not before - these may seem like big changes. I would like to assure you that the new Weekly still contains all the world-class journalism you have come to expect. We have spent months listening to our readers’ feedback on how to make the best possible publication.
I’m sure you’re wondering why we’re making this change, and why we’re making it now.
These are tumultuous times and the demand for the Guardian’s journalism has never been stronger. The decision to change format was taken with an eye on the future. Weekly news magazines are performing strongly in an otherwise difficult global publishing industry and we want the new Weekly to expand our readership around the world. This is especially important as anyone who buys the Guardian Weekly helps to secure the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian and fund our international news reporting.
I look forward to you getting your hands on next week’s issue and letting us know what you think. Will Dean Editor, Guardian Weekly