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EDITORIAL: The evolution of the community newspaper

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As our online followers will attest to, there have been a lot of changes to the Comox Valley Record's digital presence.

In short, we've joined the "World Wide" Web. Our recently upgraded website is constantly being updated, not only with local news, but with regional, provincial, national and international items of interest.

As news items hit our website, they also get pushed through our social media platforms.

And while the vast majority of our readership appreciates the new, broader focus, there are those who seem unhappy with the prospect of a community newspaper covering more than the news within the boundaries of the community it serves.

Being a more well-rounded news source is a major reason for the upgrade not only to our website, but to all the websites under the Black Press banner.

Black Press boasts the largest composite newsroom in the entire province, with nearly 200 reporters covering every region in "Beautiful British Columbia." Why would we not take advantage of that?

By offering not only the local news, but news from abroad, we are endeavouring to make it easy for you, the digital reader, to get all your information from one source.

Remember: just because it isn't local does not mean it is not newsworthy.

Our digital presence reaches far beyond the 21,800 homes and businesses serviced by our print edition. That is the beauty of the World Wide Web.

For those who have no interest in reading anything "out of market," our print publication is the "ultra-local" version of our product - and you can read that online as well. We post every one of our print editions electronically. They can be accessed through our website. Just look for the e-edition prompt at the top of the page.

We appreciate that there are many residents of the Comox Valley with roots in other places. And while there are some who would rather not read about news items happening on the Mainland, the Interior, or another province, the bulk of our social media engagement, as well as our digital performance, proves that we are on the right track.

Thank you for all your feedback, and most importantly, thanks for reading.

–Terry Farrell

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