We enjoy New Year’s resolutions and the opportunity the New Year gives to symbolically clear the slate and try harder to reach our personal and professional goals.
We also like to make resolutions for the newspaper.
When we think about resolutions, it can help to look back at the accomplishments of the previous year to inspire ourselves to reach for higher goals and assure ourselves of our ability to succeed.
Change happens slowly at a 140-year-old newspaper, but we do have some changes to celebrate from 2016.
We have a new website. We love it. Judging by our traffic, you love it too.
We have an arts calendar and a courts page in the print edition, both items long on the news staff’s wish list.
We have the best young journalist in the state for the second time in three years, per the Maine Press Association.
We have an Instagram account.
This week we are introducing a reader photo contest, an idea that has grown out of a popular informal contest on our Instagram account.
We have a new system in place to improve our response to breaking news after hours and on the weekends.
While this last change and other recent internal changes are not directly visible in the newspaper, they improve the product you see and better serve you, our readers.
The company is announcing a major change to the appearance of the paper in this edition. You can read the announcement here.
We have a few more ideas up our collective sleeves, and those that pass muster will show up here soon.
As always, our most important resolution is to continue to deliver the most comprehensive, in-depth coverage of Lincoln County available anywhere. We welcome your feedback and ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.