Poised to serve read­ers even bet­ter

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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.

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