By Benjamin J. Marrison, From The Columbus Dispatch
Reader Susan McCullough sent a note a week ago to ask an important question.
“I participated in a group chosen to look at the new smaller format of TheDispatch last summer. The paper was supposed to change on Sept. 10, but was postponed because of production issues. Is this going to happen sometime in the near future, or has it been canceled altogether?”
McCullough was happy to learn what I’m about to tell you: We’re ready. On Jan. 28, a mere eight days from now, the new format will hit the streets of central Ohio.
The production issues that prevented us from launching the new format in September are fixed. We knew the format change was unprecedented in the industry and could create challenges, but we wanted to create something one-of-a-kind. We were unwilling to announce a new launch date until we were absolutely sure we were ready.
We’ve tested the new equipment repeatedly and are confident that we’re ready to make your hometown newspaper the first in the world to use this size and technology, and do so in a way that will make you proud.