'The Augusta Chronicle' trims page width this week

News features will remain; savings to preserve and build future of news

The Augusta Chronicle plans to trim its newspaper width by 1½ inches beginning Tuesday.

Reporting the news, providing perspectives and explaining how news impacts you remains our priority. This adjustment follows a trend in newspaper formats. It will save money for investments in the future of your local newspaper.

You will notice our using Reuters News Service on our pages these next two months, a trial to diversify our coverage. Starting in 2012, Parade Magazine will be back in Sunday’s Chronicle.

Our digital efforts continue to expand as you “follow,” “retweet” “like” and comment on the news in social media, indicating your interests and interacting with us.

About 8,000 mobile devices have downloaded Chronicle apps for smartphones and iPads. Almost 1,000 readers subscribe to our premium online content and 710,000 devices plug away monthly at some of the free features. We are implementing new software and technology to deliver the news better and faster.

Some of you will be pleased that we are keeping TV listings through this change. We hope this decision helps ease the format transition for some.

Most of the current organization of the paper and basic appearance will remain intact. We are keeping the size of the type/fonts in stories the same.

As we adjust, we want to hear from you. Call me at (706) 823-3487 or send an e-mail to alan.english@augustachronicle.com.

Thank you for all of your comments, support and loyalty to your local newspaper as we move toward a bright future. We’ll remain vigilant exercising the First Amendment as often and as fast as we can on your behalf.