Advance View: Join us into the future

If you’re a regular reader of the Langley Advance, you will probably have noticed a few changes by now. We’ve given ourselves a little bit of a facelift – a nip here, a tuck there, and a bit of a freshening-up all around.

None of this means that we’re going to stop doing what we’ve been doing for the past 83 years. On the contrary, this is really just a part of our continuing commitment to serve the community that has served us so well all of these years.

The changes in the printed version of your community newspaper are intended to reflect both the changing communications environment that surrounds us all, as well as the way local news gathering and disseminating continues to change.

In other words, we intend to keep doing what we’ve been doing since 1931 – providing our community with information and the interactive forum that make community newspapers essential to a healthy community – but we’ll keep working on doing it better.

The reality of community journalism over the past eight decades has taken our readers from mostly words printed on newsprint, into the advent of black-and-white photojournalism, past an explosion  of colour, and most recently into the virtually unlimited internet, where we’ve been providing web-savvy Langleyites with their local news at www.langleyadvance.com since 2000. First a few hundreds of you turned our pages electronically, and now you number in the tens of thousands.

Our web-space reality is now augmented with our social media entries: “follow us” (on Twitter @LangleyAdvance) and “like us” (on Facebook.com/LangleyAdvance) are familiar entries in Langley’s community journalism lexicon.

The terrain may look a little different, but this is not unfamiliar territory for community journalism. The web and social media are just improved tools to do what we’ve done the past 83 years. A healthy community stays in communication with itself, to build on its strengths and to improve on its weaknesses. 

Today’s new look is about your community newspaper helping to continue building, to emphasize the many ways the Langley Advance is here for Langley.

– B.G.

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