The new Santa Fe Reporter will hit the streets of Santa Fe Wednesday, June 26.
The modern tabloid, which will carry all the features of a standard newspaper, will be published every Saturday and Wednesday.
There will be free mass distribution to homes and apartments in Santa Fe, Pojoaque, Tesuque and Agua Fría until people become familiar with The Reporter.
"Before going to a subscription basis, we want to give everyone a chance to know the kind of newspaper we are and the kinds of stories we'll be covering," Richard McCord, editor, said.
The Reporter also will be sold on newsstands for 10 cents a copy.
One more issue of the Santa Fe News will be published next Thursday before the change to The Santa Fe Reporter, which purchased the News in May.
"We hope to introduce a new brand of journalism to Santa Fe," McCord said. "Our look will be different: a tabloid, which is easier to read and handle than a standard eight-column newspaper and offers far more versatility for layout of editorial and advertising copy.
"More important, we plan to cover a range of news not now offered to readers of Santa Fe. Our emphasis will be local. When national events occur which directly or indirectly affect the people of Santa Fe, we'll go after the local angle...
"We are basing our approach on the conviction that Santa Fe is one of the most interesting—if not the most interesting—city of its size in the country. Things are happening here that make news in cities many times the size of Santa Fe.
"Just look at the elements: There is the State Capitol, where legislation reaching across the entire state and beyond is created; there is living history on every corner of town, the rich heritage of three cultures; there are those cultures today, a remarkable mix of ethnic tension and racial harmony.
"Santa Fe has one of the most important art communities in the world. The town has a bad narcotics problem, and a not unrelated high incidence of crime."
A large percentage of the paper, McCord said, will be devoted to straight news coverage, interpretative stories, investigative reporting and locally written commentary on issues important to Santa Fe.
The paper also will carry traditional newspaper features. The paper will take positions on local issues in its editorials. A letters-to-the-editor column will offer readers a chance to voice their opinions.
The Reporter offices are equipped with modern offset reproduction facilities in which stories are set through a photo process eliminating hot metal type. This enables the paper to keep abreast of late-breaking news stories until shortly before the newspaper is delivered to local homes.
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