From the first week of June your Courier will be published once a week. Here Courier editor Tim Robinson explains why – and why this is a new era for your local paper.
The Courier will soon see a big change as we move to publishing the print edition of the paper once a week.
And at the same time we are planning big improvements to our website, an app for iPad users and lots more cutting edge digital developments.
The weekly paper will be the same great Courier you know now, but much, much bigger – we are looking to publish bumper editions, on average made up of 140 pages.
And inside will be all the news, sport, information, crosswords and puzzles from Halifax and Calderdale that you know and look forward to, as well as new sections, features and much more.
As a news team we are passionately committed to giving readers the very best content that’s about you – your lives, your neighbourhood, your schools, your businesses. And we’re confident you’ll find the new Courier and our digital platforms just as vital a read, giving you the local news in a way no-one else can.
Some readers may be feeling disappointed we’re changing and I understand if they are concerned. But I’d ask you to bear with us and see the huge new paper when it thuds on to your doormat in early June, and make your mind up based on the facts. I think you’ll be more than pleasantly surprised and soon get used to it. In fact I think you’ll love it, but then I would say that. After all, we’ve been here in Halifax bringing you the news since 1892.
Over that time there have been many changes as the world and our readers have changed – and the Courier has had to change to with them.
I’m sure people were concerned when we stopped just printing adverts on the front page and substituted them with news, or when we switched from broadsheet to tabloid format, or when we introduced colour printing. Just as then, we are changing now because our readers expect different things from us.
We need to print something lots of people want to buy and read and contribute to. And we think we have the formula for that.
Younger generations of readers (and many older people) now want the news as it happens, published to their phones or tablets, or computers.
They are not prepared to wait until tomorrow to find out what we can be reporting on right now. So we need to keep up with that demand and constantly look for new ways of bringing you the news. Our digital audience is growing very quickly as more and more people read the Courier online and at all times of the day and night.
The world of technology is changing faster than ever before and your Courier is changing with it. The revolution in communications and media that we are living through right now has only just begun and nobody really knows what the future will hold for publishing platforms and printed papers. But I know one thing – whether you are reading your Courier after June in its new weekly format, or on your smartphone, your iPad or your PC, we’ll be here, bringing you all the news that matters, just as we have been for the past 120 years.
And we’ll be here for many years to come.
How can I get my news in the paper?
Just as now, we want the Courier to include your news and we’ll be encouraging people to send in reports and pictures and to tell us what’s going on all over Calderdale. We’ll be publishing much more content online – so your stories will be read by more and more people.
How will the Courier carry debates on all the Calderdale issues?
The new paper will have just as much debate, opinion and discussion from you, the readers, as it does across six days now. There will be many ways you can get your opinions heard and your letters printed, just as you can now. A new commenting system on our website will make it easier to post comments and to join the debate.
How can I have my say about the new weekly Courier?
I want to hear what you think of our plans – good or bad.
And I know that if you’re a reader, you’ll be telling me because you care. So drop me a line at the Courier, e-mail me (email@example.com) leave a comment on this story or message me via Twitter (@HxCourierEditor). I value your opinion and I promise to listen.