2 November 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Readers will notice that the Northern Standard they hold in their hands this week has a different look.

Production changes necessitated by the outsourcing of the printing of the newspaper have resulted in a slight alteration of its broadsheet format.

This is also the first week in its 180-year history that the newspaper has been printed in full colour. We hope this development will enable us to enhance the quality of the product that we offer to our readers, contributors and advertisers.

We ask those submitting photographs for consideration for publication in the future to ensure that these are of sufficiently high quality and resolution to be reproduced to the required standard in colour. We recommend that photographs be JPEG images of a minimum 300 dpi resolution.

We also respectfully request our contributors and advertisers to adhere strictly to the established deadlines for submission of copy with which they are familiar and which are detailed elsewhere in our publication.

In a world becoming denoted by the pace and profound impacts of technological change, few spheres of activity have been as altered and challenged in this regard in recent times to the extent that newspaper production has been.

In making our current changes, we are endeavouring to be as careful and conscious as possible of the need to match them with continuity and consistency in the delivery of the established high standards of journalism and production professionalism that the Northern Standard has always endeavoured to offer to its readers and advertisers.

Our journalism will continue to be thorough, balanced and objective. Our columns are open to all communities, organisations and individuals in our circulation area who wish to publicise their activities and events or comment upon the issues of the day. The Northern Standard will continue to be a community newspaper at the service of our readers, a promoter of the community good, a forum for argument and opinion, and a quality purveyor of news, entertainment and sport.

One of the consequence of the processes of change we are experiencing has been the cessation of the publication of our newspaper in Monaghan Town and the closure of R & S Printers Limited.

The employees, recent and past, of R & S Printers Limited made an enormous contribution to the newspaper and to the economy and social fabric of Monaghan Town and its wider community over many years.

We wish to acknowledge the profound debt of gratitude we owe to all those who made the R & S a byword for quality and reliability over the course of its long and distinguished history. Their diligence, professionalism, loyalty and service were exemplary and will remain deeply esteemed and valued by all associated with the newspaper.

The Management and Editor

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