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A little over six months ago we began the process of upgrading our news content. While other newspapers were cutting staff and producing less copy, we tried to buck those trends. It's hard enough to do when you've got paid subscribers but even more challenging when you give the newspaper away and pay to have it mailed to everyone to boot.

As is the case with any changes made, you're always looking for affirmation of the direction you've chosen to take. At Denton Publications we are no different. We do our best to provide you the community news and information that we think you're looking to read. As part of our stepped up campaign this year we've tried hard to increase the number of articles found in the papers. We created a new position and added Andy Flynn's expertise to our senior editorial team and have altered several other positions to improve accountability and increase news coverage. We've made a serious effort to strengthen our commentary and speak out on issues in our weekly editorials, editor's columns and this column.

We've tried sharing some of the best staff written stories that may have, in the past, only appeared in one of our publications, now on our regional pages. We've stepped up our sports coverage as well as the photography. Despite being awarded first place at this year's Free Community Papers of New York Awards competition for our web site, www.denbubs.com, we are currently hard at work designing and preparing to roll out a brand new digital and mobile site. Working with one of the leading newspaper design teams in the country, the staff is very excited about what the new site will offer and its overall capabilities in allowing your improved interaction with our news and information production.

Despite being a small home grown company, we're not ones to sit back and coast. Competing in these markets against some of the nation's largest media corporations, we know we must be nimble and aggressive if we are to survive in this economy while dealing with an ever changing technology causing cultural shifts in the habits of our customers. These times are a

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