A New Day In The Sun

From The Editor

September 18, 2005

DEAR READERS,

Welcome to a new day in The Sun.

After nearly a year of work and a lot of listening to our readers, we're unveiling the first redesign of The Sun in a decade. As you can see, the new Sun has bigger, bolder type that's easier to read. And the new Sun is brighter, with more color to enliven your reading and make it easier to find your favorite parts of the newspaper.

Bigger type and more color are only two of the changes in your new Sun.

We've added a new weekly section on Wednesday called Varsity, which significantly expands our coverage of local high school sports. In addition, we'll be theming our weekend Today sections, with expanded coverage of movies, entertainment, arts and things to do in your free time. And, we've re-envisioned the Sunday Perspective section, now called Ideas, with a focus on the people, ideas and trends that have an impact on your world. All of these changes -- and others -- are detailed in this reader guide.

Your new Sun still contains the same features you enjoyed in the old Sun. We've moved a few things around, but we have not cut back on the space we devote to news and features. Nor have we altered our commitment to be the indispensable source of news and information about Maryland, with the same aggressive, thoughtful, in-depth journalism that you've come to expect.

Our mission was to re-create The Sun in a way that respected the history and journalistic tradition of this 168-year-old institution, which has won 15 Pulitzer Prizes and many other top national journalism honors.

At the same time,we wanted a newspaper that better reflects the demands and interests of readers in this busy, complex, high-definition world of ours. Put simply, we wanted a newspaper that reflects the Maryland we chronicle: proud of its distinguished history, and yet contemporary in its thinking about imaginatively adapting to the 21st century.

Before unveiling this redesign today,we listened to many of you. We assembled an online panel of more than 200 loyal Sun readers early this year, and we solicited their feedback throughout the process. In addition, we interviewed dozens of Sun subscribers and potential readers, and involved our own employees across the company. We incorporated many of their suggestions in the newspaper you see today. Their feedback helped to make this a better newspaper.

Now, it's your turn. We'd like to hear from you. Please contact us at 410-539-1280 or email us at redesign@baltsun.com with your impressions of these changes and how we can improve on them. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

TIM FRANKLIN

Editor

DAILY GUIDE TO SECTIONS IN THE SUN

SUNDAY

'A' SECTION

MARYLAND BUSINESS

SPORTS

A&E TODAY

MODERN LIFE

IDEAS

TRAVEL

REAL ESTATE

COMICS

TV WEEK

PARADE

ARUNDEL

HOWARD

CARROLL

HARFORD

MONDAY

'A' SECTION

MARYLAND

SPORTS

TODAY

GAMEDAY

(During Ravens football season)

TUESDAY

'A' SECTION

MARYLAND

BUSINESS

SPORTS

TODAY

WEDNESDAY

'A' SECTION

MARYLAND

BUSINESS

SPORTS

TODAY

WORKING

TASTE

ARUNDEL

HOWARD

VARSITY

(During school sports season)

THURSDAY

'A' SECTION

MARYLAND

BUSINESS

SPORTS

TODAY

LIVE!

FRIDAY

'A' SECTION

MARYLAND

BUSINESS

SPORTS

MOVIES TODAY

HEALTH &SCIENCE

ARUNDEL

HOWARD

LIFE

SATURDAY

'A' SECTION

MARYLAND

BUSINESS

SPORTS

GO TODAY

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