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Von Pinnon: Two powerful brands coming together to give you the best possible newspaper

Matt Von Pinnon, Forum editor Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Beginning Wednesday, March 1, national and international news from USA Today will grace two to four pages of The Forum everyday.

It will be like having a smaller version of the USA Today newspaper in your Forum. Two papers for the price of one. Two powerful brands coming together to give you the best possible newspaper.

USA Today has reporters all over the map covering the world's biggest stories. It does a fantastic job of delivering a wide array of tightly written national and international news, which is what most of our readers say they want in a national/international report.

After all, The Forum's focus is on local and regional news, something our engaged readers won't find elsewhere.

By allowing USA Today to focus on the news we're not in a position to independently report, we can focus more of our energies covering the important news in our area.

To illustrate our priority on local news, beginning Wednesday the first section of the newspaper will be entirely devoted to local and regional news.

The USA Today pages will most often be at the front of the C Section. The exception will be on Saturdays, when those pages will go behind our popular Saturday Business section.

As part of the March 1 introduction of USA Today, we'll also be tweaking some other areas of the newspaper. Some of those changes you may notice. Others you may not.

As always, our goal is to deliver a strong local and regional news report that is fair and balanced, provides depth and understanding, while also respecting your time.

We expect the revamped paper to be more of what you want and less of what you don't.

Once you've seen the changes, the introduction of news from USA Today being among the most visible, let me know what you think. We love to hear from our many readers.

Matthew Von Pinnon

Von Pinnon is editor of The Forum.

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