A new look to The Herald starts today

2A and 3A for Wednesday, May 20
2A and 3A for Wednesday, May 20

Dear Herald readers,

Today you’ll notice a physical change to your newspaper that is a prelude to content and design changes coming this summer.

In a project we call “2020,” we are using extensive reader research provided by our parent company, The McClatchy Co. We are changing how we write about the news and how we present it to better reflect the times.

For example, most readers do not rely on the printed newspaper for sports scores but look to digital media for immediate results. That means in the future, we’ll be relying more on heraldonline.com – on your computer, tablet or smartphone – to bring you the scores, and using our print product to deliver in-depth stories on standout games, athletes and coaches.

There is much more to come on this, but in the meantime, The State, our sister paper in Columbia, which prints The Herald, is changing its press configuration and adding equipment as part of our bigger production and presentation plan.

Starting today, your Wednesday through Saturday printed Heralds will be three sections, with Section A combining all ‘hard’ news — local, state, national and international.

Your Sunday paper will continue to be a four-section paper, plus comics.

Monday and Tuesday papers will remain at their current two sections.

As always, our commitment is to be your leading source for local news. We’re planning to have the full plan in place by mid-July, so stay tuned for more details.

Debbie Abels is president and publisher of The Herald and heraldonline.com.