Our thoughts So long to the funny pages

The Covington News - - OPINION - The Cov­ing­ton News’ The Cov­ing­ton News

print pub­li­ca­tion has seen a lot of changes over the past 12 months. We’ve changed the way our logo looks on the front page, we’ve had a shift in the ed­i­to­rial staff and most re­cently we’ve had a change in management, as you read in last week’s ed­i­to­rial.

While things are al­ways chang­ing — it is the news in­dus­try af­ter all — some things re­main the same. We still bring you the same great cov­er­age of New­ton County and its hap­pen­ings. We are still the le­gal or­gan of this county and we still print the funny pages. Well, as of this pub­li­ca­tion we no longer do the lat­ter.

It was not an easy de­ci­sion at all. Run­ning comics in the news­pa­per is a long-held tra­di­tion that we re­spect. How­ever, af­ter a poll of our read­ers, a de­ci­sion was made to pull the pages.

You may have no­ticed two weeks ago, in this very spot, we pub­lished the re­sults of a poll ask­ing whether or not our read­ers read the comics. This poll was con­ducted on our web­site (cov­news.com) and 59 per­cent of peo­ple said they read the comics ev­ery week, while 19 per­cent of peo­ple said they did not. How did we make the de­ci­sion with num­bers like that? Last week, we asked our read­ers what their fa­vorite thing to read in the pa­per was. Out of the 121 votes cast, the comics only re­ceived four. The de­ci­sion was made. While we un­der­stand the comics are def­i­nitely an en­joy­able piece of the news­pa­per, we also be­lieve there is a lot more to our print pub­li­ca­tion that brings you, our dear read­ers, back ev­ery week.

We will con­tinue to brain­storm ways to en­gage our read­ers and make our prod­uct ex­actly what you ex­pect, whether it is through coupons in­serted into the pa­per or hard-hit­ting news on the front page.

con­tin­ues to strive to be your cho­sen news source. While the news­pa­per in­dus­try con­tin­ues to change, we hope to change with it in a way that fits our com­mu­nity.

As al­ways, we en­cour­age reader feed­back. What are we miss­ing in the com­mu­nity? What are we pub­lish­ing too much of? Let us know. It is an in­cred­i­ble honor that you al­low us in your home each and ev­ery week and we want to make sure we con­tinue to de­serve that honor each week.

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