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Column: Further thoughts on our new look

WORTHINGTON -- A little more than two months ago -- April 27, to be exact -- the redesigned Daily Globe made its initial appearance. It marked the culmination of significant work by many here at the newspaper -- as well a bit of feedback from selected folks from the general public -- and we were confident that the new look would be greeted with no shortage of enthusiasm (though we also knew, of course, we wouldn't -- couldn't -- please everyone).

For the most part, that assessment has been accurate. Many have let us know -- whether it be by phone, email, social media, or (for example) the grocery store -- that they approve of what we've done. The Daily Globe, after all, hadn't been redesigned in 16 years, which represents nearly an eternity in this business. A revamped Globe was something that was due, but a new look couldn't be just thrown together overnight, and there were many conversations and differences of opinion along the way.

One thing nearly all of us involved in the redesign agreed with was that although we wanted the newspaper to have a different overall appearance, we didn't want to completely "reinvent the wheel" -- in other words, change was OK, but not radical change. Probably the area in which this is most true is the body copy, or the text in which each news story appears. Although the text is now aligned differently than it was ("ragged right," as we say in the business), the font and type size -- contrary to some opinion -- is exactly the same.

While the body copy may be the same, the headline fonts we have chosen are indeed new. We do think, though, they are just as easy (or easier) to read than what we had previously, and in the meantime, we feel we've added to the clarity of our presentation by creating more space between where each story is placed. It was critical, we felt, that we delivered a cleaner, easier to read Daily Globe to our readers, as well as crisp and relevant photography and sharp graphics that helped tell our stories.

We also -- as our regular readers know -- made changes in regard to what we now call our Diversions page, added four-color weather (for which we secured a long-term sponsor in Avera Medical Group Worthington) and re-arranged layout so that page A2 can now host color news photos on a daily basis. Yes, there is a feature or two we no longer carry -- those decisions were made in the wake of a survey our readers were given an opportunity to participate in -- but we feel we've maintained what's wanted most and packaged it all in a better way.

That said, it should be duly noted that the Daily Globe will not be this way forever -- not even the next, say, 16 years. I strongly encourage our readers -- long-time subscribers to visitors passing through the region who pickup a copy -- to let us know what they think. Just because something may be done this way now, or included or not included, doesn't mean it has to be so for eternity.

We urge you, our readers, to let us know what you think. After all, you're our livelihood.

Ryan McGaughey can be reached at 376-7320 or rmcgaughey@dglobe.com.

Ryan McGaughey
I first joined the Daily Globe in April 2001 as sports editor. I later became the news editor in November 2002, and the managing editor in August 2006. I'm originally from New York State, and am married with two children.
(507) 376-7320
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