Beginning Tuesday, May 14, Daily News will have a fresh, updated look. We’ve worked with a media consultant to help us redesign our newspaper and make it more attractive and user-friendly to our readers. A focus group shared their comments with us last month on how they use the paper, what works and what doesn’t.

We are excited to introduce the new Daily News to you, which includes a clean logo and contemporary nameplate.

Our section headers have been freshened up and give us more room to work with. We’re bringing a weather graphic to the front page and eliminating the larger map on the back. We’re eliminating the front page index, but keeping our subscriber of the day.

We’ll continue with the Things to Know Today rail on the front page, giving you quick-hit news to use. Our skybox teasers on the front page will look different, as well.

Our goal is to provide our readers with a true reflection of life in our community, and we need your help.

We will be launching new features in our newspaper over the coming weeks, including a “call to action” request for reader photos on specific topics. Tuesday, we will ask you to send in your Mother’s Day photos that we can share with our readers. What we can’t fit into the printed product will be shared in an online gallery. After that, we’ll ask for your graduation photos.

We’ll begin a regular Q&A feature that will profile a variety of local people in the community. This will give our readers an opportunity to learn more about individuals here – what they do, what drives them, and advice they may have.

We’ll launch a regular “Young Life” page which will package together school news as well as youth activities.

We have wonderful reader involvement here and encourage you to continue submitting your news ideas and tips to us. This newspaper is successful, not just because of our hardworking staff, but because of our readers and advertisers who care about our community.

We are always looking for ways to streamline and improve our products, so please let us know what you think. We are your newspaper and we strive to give you the information you need and want.

Carrie McDermott, Managing Editor

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