The North Coast Citizen and Cannon Beach Citizen started a new era in North Coast journalism today.

The newspapers have both switched from tabloid format to the larger traditional broadsheet style.

The change is designed to offer a better product for readers and distinguish the newspapers from rival publications.

The Citizens are owned by the East Oregonian Publishing Co., owners of The Daily Astorian.

"The larger sized North Coast Citizen and Cannon Beach Citizen reflect our company's commitment to the communities of Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler," said Steve Forrester, CEO?of East Oregonian Publishing Co. "These are exceptional Oregon coastal communities, and we are delighted to serve them."

"Times change, tastes change, and the demand for added value grows every day," said Michael Burkett, editor of both publications. "Hence, we have left our tabloid size - established in 1996, when the North Coast Citizen was born - and have 'supersized' our papers to a broadsheet format, just like the big guys."

He said the larger format offers far more flexibility and column-inch elbowroom.

"We have more space for news, all your favorite features, calendar listings, and press releases promoting community events, organizations, clubs and causes," Burkett said. "As an added bonus, our photos will increase in size."

Coast Weekend, produced by Kathleen Strecker and Linda LeBrun of The Daily Astorian, will be inserted in every issue. The magazine highlights arts and entertainment activities on the coast from Tillamook to Oysterville, Wash.

Editors have created a new page in the Citizen, "Life and Leisure," which will include everything from entertainment and travel features to local happenings and religion items. Continuing will be North Coast Citizen columnists Walt Trandum ("The Old Geezer") Dana Zia ("The Golightly Gourmet"), Gail Balden ("Life in Our Towns"), Sue Rathbun ("The Gardener's Corner"), Tobi Nason ("Tobi Talk"), Kathie Hightower ("Adventures in Fitness"), and Janice Gaines ("Ask Janice"). 

Meanwhile, Cannon Beach Citizen columnists Watt Childress ("Across the Bow"), Valerie Ryan ("A Draught of Hemlock"), and The Daily Astorian reporter Nancy McCarthy ("Impressions") will continue to be featured regularly.


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