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New size brings content, design changes to S-R

Mon., June 1, 2009

Welcome to the new-look Spokesman-Review.

The paper you’re holding is narrower than it used to be. The change is a cost-cutting measure, but we also believe readers will find the compact size easier to handle and read.

The new size prompted us to make a number of content improvements, which we’ll roll out this week. Today, for example, marks the debut of Northwest Exchange, a community news page focusing on local newsmakers, reader comments and the week ahead. The Today section launches a column on activities for parents and children as well as a daily TV column.

We’ve also seized the opportunity to upgrade the newspaper’s design. We’ve changed our color palette and made several typographical and color changes, including slightly larger body text, bolder headlines and more readable listings, particularly in sports results. You’ll notice new photos of S-R columnists, and reporters’ e-mail addresses and phone numbers now follow in their bylines.

We mark the start of this new chapter with a five-page project about the local job market.

We welcome your comments about the changes. Please e-mail us at

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