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The old adage tells us not to judge a book by its cover, but you can usually make a sound judgment about a newspaper by taking a glance at its front page.

The stories and photographs your local paper selects and the way it presents them communicates their timeliness, relevance, interest and impact on people’s lives. It’s equal parts art and science — a skill we’ve sharpened here at the Richmond County Daily Journal and will continue to hone this month.

The Daily Journal is joining its sister Civitas Media newspapers in rolling out a redesign that will make Richmond County’s newspaper of record cleaner, brighter and more readable. We’ve focused on improving our front-page design since mid-May, and more changes will take effect the week of July 22.

One of the first things you’ll notice is prominent previews of the day’s top sports and community news stories above the Daily Journal nameplate. We don’t think you should have to turn the page or thumb through the paper to the sports section to find out how Richmond Senior High’s student-athletes fared in the latest game. Starting this month, you won’t have to.

While form will still follow function — that is, the news of the day will dictate how the front page is designed — you’ll see more consistency in headline size and typography and the size and shape of photos. The crisp, modular design will help readers get a sense of what each edition has to offer and decide which stories to read first.

If our narrow columns of text and small type have caused eye strain, your squinting days are at an end. We’re increasing our type size for all news stories by a small but noticeable amount.

Obituaries will move from Page 5A to Page 2A. We believe it’s a vital public service to let you know who’s passed away and how you can pay your respects, so we’re putting obituary listings in a more prominent place to ensure that they’re easy to find.

Changes are also in store for local businesses that advertise their products and services in the Daily Journal. We value each and every advertiser, and we’re offering better ad placement to make sure Richmond County businesses get the most exposure possible.

The paper offers unmatched value with print and online advertising bundles. Businesses can advertise on our redesigned and continuously updated website, www.YourDailyJournal.com, and in the newspaper to reach customers whether they’re reading the latest news at the breakfast table, at the office or on their smartphones and tablets.

If you’re a regular reader of the Daily Journal, you’ve probably noticed some positive changes already. Your paper is packed with more local news than before, and we use this space on the editorial page more frequently to offer opinions and insight on what’s happening in our community and in our state.

We’ve stepped up our coverage of Richmond County’s state lawmakers in a big way, and it’s being noticed from Rockingham to Raleigh. We’re writing more stories about local people and how laws, policies and current events affect their lives.

The Daily Journal is also active on social media. Find our page on Facebook and click the “like” button to see real-time local news updates in your Facebook news feed. Follow us on Twitter @RCDailyJournal for breaking news and links to the biggest stories as they’re posted online.

We’re working hard every day to bring you Richmond County news as it happens. Let us know how we’re doing — there is always room for improvement, and we want to know how we can serve you better. Call our editor, Corey Friedman, at 910-817-2670, or email cfriedman@civitasmedia.com.

Thank you for reading and supporting your Daily Journal.

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