Humans are all creatures of habit and each have a measured fear of change.

Our readers who subscribe to The Reporter’s print edition have probably noticed a few significant changes in the last few newspapers but don’t let them scare you away; the changes are for you.

First, as it’s been noticed on the front page, The Reporter has been redesigned for optimal readability and is diligently working to become “the kind of newspaper that readers will absolutely have to pick up because they feel like they might be missing something if they don’t.”

Replacing our “Opinions” on Tuesdays and Thursdays, The Reporter has started a “Business” page and intends to begin featuring a “Northeast Alabama News” page as well. “Business” features news from local businesses and industries across Sand Mountain. “Northeast Alabama News” will feature headlines from areas neighboring Sand Mountain, such as Fort Payne and Scottsboro.

With requests for “more news,” The Reporter elected to move “Opinions” to Saturdays with a two-page spread to better serve our readers. This is sure to give more headlines throughout the week and more meaningful, engaging opinions for your pleasure on weekends.

Since owner Patrick Graham bought the newspaper from Southern Newspapers Inc. in May, he and The Reporter’s staff have made a concerted effort to “take an already great product to the next level,” as promised. With these changes, The Reporter hopes to assure the community that its focus is to provide greater local news coverage for its readers – coverage that is fair, balanced and supportive of the people it serves.

Now it’s up to you, our community. Tell us what you think of these changes by emailing our publisher, Kim Patterson (kim.patterson@sandmountainreporter.com), or our managing editor, Taylor Beck (taylor.beck@sandmountainreporter.com), and help us better serve you. After all, The Reporter has been telling your story since 1955, and that’s one thing we’ll never change.

Our View On the Issue is an opinion of The Reporter’s editorial board that includes Publisher Kim Patterson and Managing Editor Taylor Beck.

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