Readers love the new compact Examiner - but for one missing ingredient. Editor ROY WRIGHT explains how and why Stop Press will return to its old place
EVERY night the new compact Examiner is packed with in-depth coverage of the news and issues that really matter.
Feedback from readers tells us you've given the thumbs-up to the new, handier size of the paper and its brighter, bolder layout.
But there's one thing that's really niggled you - and that's how we moved Stop Press away from the back page.
Changing anything around in the Examiner is always a risk.
We know you love to know where everything is and hate having to hunt for your favourite features.
The decision was a tough one - and the reason we took it was to get more sport onto the back page.
That was great for football and rugby league fanatics especially.
But the rest of you - and probably the sports nuts, too - missed that eclectic collection of small ads.
And, blimey, didn't we know it.
Not since we tried to remove a crossword grid in October 2002 have we generated such a backlash!
We never scrapped Stop Press. It's been, in theory at least, easy to find, thanks to a guideline on the bottom of the back page, telling readers where to look inside the paper.
But somehow, ousted from its rightful home, it wasn't the same. So we've listened to you - and we're bringing it back to the back from next Monday.
To tell you the truth, we missed it too.
But sports fans don't have to be too worried - there will be a limit to how large it is so it doesn't mean any reduction in our Town and Giants coverage.
Stop Press graced the back page for decades. Any Huddersfield person can practically organise their whole life by it.
It tells you where to buy the best local bargains - at car boots and jumble sales. Who's got a pile of black-faced stone going cheap, where to find everything from farm-fresh eggs and spuds to discount flights and furnishings. You can plan a night out - whether you're after a sophisticated meal, a strip show, or music from a top local band. Or maybe all three!
You can hire a man and a van for a one-off job.You might make contact with an old friend or relative.
Anyone who pays their few pounds for an ad knows full well that if you miss their notice, your next-door neighbour, daughter or milkman will spot it.
By not scanning Stop Press, you might miss out on a school reunion, or a great one-off sale.
If everything's getting on top of you, it'll no-doubt tell you about a potentially lifesaving support group.
Then, of course, there are the quirkies - the marriage proposals, the strange things lost and found ...
Those cryptic messages between lovers, those private jokes.
It sets you thinking, who's that and what are they on about? Of course there's all that AAAAAAAAing to get the top spot in the alphabetical listings, too.
Yes there's no doubt about it. Stop Press is an institution in itself, probably the one bit of the paper that absolutely everyone, everywhere reads.
So it's coming home, back to the back.Where it undoubtedly belongs.
From Monday. And probably for decades to come.
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