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We want your thoughts about our new design

We’re in the midst of redesigning The Union – a job which would seem strikingly familiar to anyone who ever fixed up a house – and we’ll be launching our new look on June 17.

Before we get too far along with this, we need to hear if you have any ideas for making this a better newspaper.

Redesigning the newspaper involves two tasks. First, like the homeowner who decides to get things organized and spruce up some parts of the house that are showing their age, we’re freshening the typographical design of The Union.

While we’re not entirely set on the new typography, it will look something pretty close to the example you see above.

We’re also getting things organized better. We’re asking, for instance, why the New York Times crossword appears on the page entitled Beyond the County when the other crossword appears on the comics page. How about moving the horoscope onto the page with the other advice columns?

While we’re getting spruced up, we’re also taking the opportunity to look at every feature, every column, every element of The Union. We want to make sure this is a newspaper that serves its community well and uses every precious corner of the newspaper in a good way. We don’t want to publish material simply because we’ve always published it.

At the same time, we’re trying to find ways that we can be an even better paper for our town. We’re looking for ways we can provide knowledge – not just information, but knowledge about the way the community works. And we’re looking for ways that your newspaper can better reflect what this place and its people are like.

That’s where you come in. I learned long ago that surprisingly few of the good ideas in this business come from the editor’s office. (Our staff will tell you that a fair number of the bad ideas come from this office, but that’s another story.)

If you have a column, a feature, a type of coverage you’d like to see in The Union, please drop me a line (John Seelmeyer, The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945 or

We’ll be in touch more about this redesign as it takes shape. In the meantime, let us know if you have a brainstorm.

John Seelmeyer is editor of The Union.

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