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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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NEW ERA: Big change for your Times & Star

The Times & Star has changed.

A message from the Times & Star's editor, Steve Johnston. . . . . . . .

From today, we are publishing our three-edition newspaper in a much handier compact size.

Today is a milestone in the history of this newspaper as we change our format from broadsheet to compact.

We have made this important change after gauging opinions among readers and advertisers.

Many people have told us that we should have done it long before now.

But we have taken our time because we know how important it is to maintain the editorial quality and sense of authority that comes from being a traditional newspaper.

So we offer this note of reassurance to regular readers; our new look does not mean that the Times & Star has changed its view on what makes local news.

We remain committed to delivering thoroughly researched local news and information.

We will be carrying the same high volume of stories but presented in a less cluttered way.

This change is designed to provide ease of handling and ease of reading.
In all other respects, your Times & Star will be the same newspaper, working under its slogan of “Fighting For Our Community”.

We will have the same commitment to campaigning on behalf of our readers, and will be served by a team of reporters who live and work at the heart of the community.

We will continue to be a trusted voice in this area.

You will find all your favourite columns and features given their own space.
You still get your three local editions serving the Workington, Maryport and Cockermouth areas; we will deliver your own local front pages as well as dedicated district pages inside.

TS2 – the section covering local entertainment, what’s on, food and drink and other topics – has been redesigned as a 12-page pull-out to make it handy to use.

You will find even more features and information in these pages.

We are also providing sturdier sections covering all you need to know about Jobs, Motors and Property.

We hope, of course, that the new format will appeal to even more people, and we will make further changes depending on what you tell us you either like or dislike.

Please give us your comments.

Please enjoy your new Times & Star!
 

It will mark our first change of format since the Times & Star was launched in 1967 as an amalgamation of the West Cumberland Times, the West Cumberland News and the Cumberland Star.

The switch follows extensive research and successful trials among readers and advertisers.

Steve Johnston, editor, said: “This change is designed to provide ease of handling and ease of reading.

“Many people have told us that we should have done it long before now.

“But we have taken our time because we know how important it is to maintain the editorial quality and sense of authority that comes from being a traditional broadsheet.

“We know how important it is to respect the traditions of this newspaper and take care with any changes.

“So we offer this note of reassurance to regular readers; our new look does not mean that the Times & Star has changed its view on what makes local news.

“We remain committed to delivering thoroughly researched local news and information.

“We will be carrying the same high volume of stories but presented in a less cluttered way.”

In all other respects, your Times & Star will be the same newspaper, working under its slogan of Fighting For Our Community.

We will have the same commitment to campaigning on behalf of our readers, and will be served by a team of reporters who live and work at the heart of the community.

We will remain at the forefront of local news, charting our area’s ups and downs, and bringing you all your favourite features, photographs and sports coverage.

We will continue to be a trusted voice in the community.

Led by chief reporter Sarah Moore, our Workington area reporters are John Connell, Karen Evans and James Broadhurst. Call them on 01900 607631.

Our Cockermouth reporter is Paul Crute. Based in our Cockermouth office at Mitchells on the town’s Station Road, he can be contacted on 01900 828752.

Our Maryport reporter is Viv Paterson. She works from our office in Her Citi, Crosby Street, Maryport. Call her on 01900 816211.

Our new size means more sport too – call chief sports writer John Fuller on 01900 607626.

Business and education stories are covered by reporter Clare Fuller, who can be contacted on 01900 607641.

And our photographers Tom Kay and Paul Johnson will be out and about capturing West Cumbria in pictures too.

You can also email us at news.ts@cnmedia.co.uk

Have your say

Love the new size but PLEASE bring back crossword and sudoko - I notice other comments are made on this. I looked forward to doing it every week and it really isn't the same without it. Why have you taken it out?

Posted by Trina on 3 March 2014 at 10:34

too heavy what a load of tosh put it on a table!!!!!

Posted by albert on 2 March 2014 at 19:12

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