Changes in store for your hometown newspaper

Bob Dylan once said, "The times, they are a changing." And, it was also once said, "If you don't change, you will become extinct."

In this day and age, truer statements could not be said - especially in the world of newspapers. Constantly in on-line media, newspapers are referred to as a dying breed and are often compared to dinosaurs. Are newspapers dying? Are they dinosaurs? I don't think so.

We stand at the threshold of a future of endless possibilities. Through the Internet, for example, newspapers have the ability to connect with their readers - and even new readers - on an entirely different level. Reading stories on-line, viewing photos from local events and getting the latest information about happenings in your community are only a few advantages Web sites created by newspapers like the North Countryman have to offer. (Just visit our Web site at www.northcountryman.com to see what we mean.).

Recently, we published a survey in this newspaper, asking you, our readers, what you want to see in the North Countryman. We wanted to know what you like, what you don't like, what we're providing that we could do better with and what we're missing altogether. And, you answered.

The majority of responses said we're doing our job right, bringing you local news of local interest.

Even though the responses were in our favor, we want to continue to better our publication to serve you, our readers. That's why, in order to keep our forward momentum going, we'll be redesigning the look of the North Countryman in the weeks to come. We will focus on increasing our coverage of local events and even begin to focus on sporting events happening or related to the Northern Tier.

In relation to this effort, the North Countryman will now have one editor specifically dedicated to covering news in the Northern Tier. Though I have considered it an honor to have served in this capacity for the past two years while serving as editor of the Clinton County Free Trader Today, as part of our editorial plan, I am handing over the reins of the North Countryman to my colleague, Sarah Cronk. The idea will be to provide a more concentrated focus for our respective papers in order to bring you the news you want.

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