Times Her­ald gets a new look

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By STAN HUSKEY

We’re chang­ing! How many times have we told you that in the past few years?

Our in­dus­try is con­stantly evolv­ing, and we’re chang­ing right along with it so we can con­tinue to pro­vide you with the most up-to-date news and in­for­ma­tion pos­si­ble.

For some of you, the change is go­ing to be a lit­tle hard to take. Let’s face it, we’ve been around for 215 years, and some of

you have been read­ing The Times Her­ald for a good por­tion, if not all, of your adult lives.

Just re­mem­ber, when you put new sid­ing on your house, it looks a lot dif­fer­ent on the out­side, but inside, it’s still home.

Our new sid­ing in­cludes a com­pletely new name plate, some fresh new paint and a few ad­di­tions to the out­side of the house that may seem a lit­tle out of place at first, but once you set­tle back in your fa­vorite chair with your new Times Her­ald, you’ll quickly re­al­ize we’re still bring­ing you the lo­cal news, en­ter­tain­ment and sports that’s im­por­tant to you.

Since we’re do­ing all the changes at once we didn’t have a chance to put up one of those, “Please bear with us while we’re un­der con­struc­tion” signs, but we do ask for your pa­tience as we tran­si­tion into this new de­sign.

Start­ing Sept. 9, in just two days, your new news­pa­per will be in your hands. You’ll see new fea­tures through­out the pa­per, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion boxes that will give you a glimpse of what’s inside the pa­per, what’s inside a story, or sim­ply a snap­shot of an is­sue or topic.

The front of your pa­per has been redesigned as a guide to get you go­ing. There will be a mix of in­for­ma­tion for those with just a lit­tle time, and longer sto­ries for those who have more time to spend with us.

We have a new En­ter­tain­ment page com­ing on Fri­days. Since we tran­si­tioned to the new Ticket, which is also get­ting a fresh coat of paint, we’ve re­al­ized there are some lo­cal events that are be­ing rel­e­gated to list­ing sta­tus when they could use their own story, so you’ll find them on our new En­ter­tain­ment page.

As we con­tinue to evolve, we’re re­al­iz­ing more peo­ple are us­ing our dig­i­tal plat­forms to find out “what” has hap­pened, and our print edi­tion is be­com­ing the place to learn “why” some­thing has hap­pened. Our jour­nal­ists are evolv­ing as well and will be bring­ing you more ex­plana­tory sto­ries for anal­y­sis, and we’ll con­tinue to ex­pand our reach on the Opin­ion page with lo­cal voices of­fer­ing a wide ar­ray of per­spec­tives.

We are in­creas­ing the size of the type used on our pages. It will be a lit­tle thin­ner, and may seem like it is ac­tu­ally a lit­tle smaller than the type we use now, but it is ac­tu­ally larger.

All of th­ese changes are be­ing made to help us re­main rel­e­vant in your lives. We’ve la­bored over ev­ery decision and we’re con­fi­dent that you’re go­ing to like your new Times Her­ald.

Please take your time with your new news­pa­per. Let the new look and feel sink in, and then shoot me an email or give me a call to let me know what you think.

Also, please re­mem­ber, we did not take any of th­ese changes lightly. We take our re­spon­si­bil­ity to the com­mu­ni­ties we serve very se­ri­ously, and at the end of the day, we want to make sure we’re pro­vid­ing you with the most com­pre­hen­sive in­for­ma­tion, anal­y­sis, com­men­tary, ad­ver­tis­ing and ac­cess you need in your life.

Stan Huskey is the ed­i­tor of The Times Her­ald. He can be reached at 484679-8472 or at shuskey@ timesher­ald.com. Follow him @StanHuskey onTwitter.

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