Small changes, new content

Editor's Note

We’re making small changes here at qnotes, in our print edition and online. As we’ve done from time to time, these changes — some cosmetic, some editorial — are meant to serve you better.

One of the first things you’ll notice is a redesigned front cover. We’ve made the newspaper’s name bolder and larger. Our new art direction for the front page will mean more dynamic covers.

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The second biggest change we’ve made is on the inside. We’re fitting more content in our pages. We’ve reduced the font size slightly enough to provide more space for content without sacrificing readability. In addition, we’ll focus on layouts that provide room for interesting artwork and information you need to know quickly and easily.

Lastly, we’ve made several changes in our content. Some regular features have ended or will run online only and new or returning features will appear in the print edition. Among the changes: After several months of engaging conversation, we’ve decided to stop running Brett Webb-Mitchell’s column, “On Being a Gay Parent,” though from time to time we may hear from Brett on other topics in which he’s well-versed. Our regular horoscopes feature, “Out in the Stars,” will now be published online once per month.

New and returning features include a revamped community Q&A column, “Our People.” According to our reader survey this year, a great many of you enjoyed former associate editor David Stout’s “20 Questions” column. So, we’ve brought it back, only slightly changed and hope you’ll find our casual interviews with community members and community leaders fun and entertaining. Starting next issue, we’re also bringing back our nightlife pages and adding in two new neighborhood maps highlighting Plaza Midwood and South End. We think the feature will give newcomers and visitors to the city all the information they need to hit the ground running as they explore their new home or finding things to do while they are on vacation or a business trip. In the next couple of months, we’ll also begin running new columns for pet lovers and one showcasing conversations on faith.

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Lastly, later this year, you’ll notice some wonderful changes on our website. We’re currently in the planning process for an entirely new refresh, with new strategies on how to integrate the content you want online with streamlined online advertising that better serves both you and our advertisers.

As always, we’re open to your feedback and suggestions. If there’s something you love about our new changes, let us know. If there’s something you think needs to be changed or just simply isn’t working, we want to know that too. Comments and suggestions, along with letters to the editor (approximately 200 words) and guest commentaries (approximately 600 words) can be sent to editor@goqnotes.com. : :

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer is a staff writer for QNotes. He previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015.