Poised to serve readers even better
If all went as planned in our transition this week, today’s edition of the Maryland Independent you pulled from your roadside box or purchased from a newsstand and hold in your hands right now is a little trimmer and slightly taller than before. But of course, everything you’ve come to expect from our newspaper is still here. And more.
A year ago today, the Southern Maryland Newspapers group was bought by Adams Publishing Group. The Enterprise, the Maryland Independent and The Calvert Recorder were reunited with what had once been our sister papers on the Eastern Shore in an expanded APG Media of Chesapeake.
Of course, we’ve published two editions a week without fail since then — even as we’ve changed technology and the physical location where we do business. We are now located in Suite 301 at 4475 Regency Place in White Plains.
This leaner, longer look for the Maryland Independent starting with today’s edition is a result of switching our printing operations from a plant in Laurel to our APG plant in Easton. The newspapers rolling off that printing press need to be of a uniform size, so we’ve trimmed down a bit to match the dimensions of our sister papers.
That’s all. No alarming changes. Nothing has been eliminated. The easier-to-read type in our articles and other improvements remain in place. Centralized phone numbers for legal advertising, classifieds and obituaries are printed at the bottom of this page in what we hope is a complete and informative package. And all newsroom and advertising staffers are outfitted with iPhones and MacBook laptops for maximum mobility.
“We are excited to offer our readers a fresh new look to our Southern Maryland newspapers,” said David Fike, president of APG Media of Chesapeake. “In an effort to be more accessible to our readers, we have enhanced our information box found on the editorial page of each issue. We encourage you to connect with us about news tips or ways we can provide you a better product.”
In addition to a listing of deadlines and people to call or email for assistance, that information box contains our slightly tweaked policy for letters and submissions. You’ll see a new email address for sending letters to the editor, and we are also suggesting a 400-word limit on such submissions to allow even more voices on our Community Forum page. We will generally only print one letter per writer per month for that same reason.
And during the election season, the Maryland Independent will not print letters from candidates commenting on the issues or stating positions. The only exceptions to that would be if a candidate were replying to editorial criticism from the newspaper, disputing news reporting or rebutting an inaccurate attack from a letter writer. As always, any of these letters may be printed at our discretion.
So we hope you enjoy the fresh new look of the Maryland Independent and will continue to visit our website at www.somdnews.com, as well as follow us on social media. We’ll be right here for you twice a week in print, and online anytime.