For some inexplicable reason, for the last several years the Globe has dedicated its back page to telling readers what it is in the rest of the paper, including page one.
As far as I can tell, my first criticism of this so-called innovation was in a July 13, 2005 post:
Hopefully, they can get someone to talk the powers-that-be at The Globe about getting rid of that news to go on the back page. What kind of idiot turns to the back of section A to find out what is on page one?
It appears "News to Go" is on its way out. In her column for the Sunday Globe, Editor Carol Stark details ways in which the Globe will change in 2009:
Beginning Jan. 1, our paper readers can return to a time some five or six years ago, when once they finished reading a Page 1 story, they could quickly flip to the back page and read the jump. Over the past two years, that’s been a complaint I’ve heard repeatedly. Couple those complaints with the fact that the cost of newsprint is rising by the month, and it seems clear that we can use our back-page space better and make reading the Globe easier.
Mrs. Stark also announced a new configuration of bloggers for the newspaper's website. Joe Hadsall's columns on money in politics apparently will be relegated to the internet, and blogs are also planned for Mrs. Stark, Scott Meeker, Wally Kennedy, and just what we needed, a Dave Woods blog on Branson. That would be a welcome addition if the newspaper was the Branson Globe or even if Branson were in its coverage area, but apparently there are advertisers in Branson who might fork over a few dollars if the Globe offers some coverage.
I will be watching these new developments with interest.