A let­ter from the edi­tor

The Guardian Weekly - - International News -

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

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