From the Editor's Desk: The Observer gets a makeover
Dear Valued Reader,
Welcome to the first edition of From the Editor's Desk.
Firstly, we want to say how much we appreciate you as a subscriber.
For decades, our local newspapers have been at the heart of vibrant regional communities. We have strived to keep readers informed of what's going on, to campaign to right wrongs, keep our elected officials accountable and get behind many great community causes.
In the digital age, when there are so many conflicting sources of information, we understand our role in covering breaking news and big local, national and international stories is more vital than ever.
That's why we have continued to expand our digital offering.
For subscribers, you should have noticed a new premium content offering.
These stories, recognisable by the News Plus logo, have until now not been able to be run on this website because of copyright.
With News now owning this website, that barrier has been broken down, allowing more of the big stories first for you.
In coming weeks you will also notice a new look and feel to our web and mobile sites. We're working on it now, but the changes are designed to showcase the best local copy even better.
You will find the same quality content, but with more and easier ways to navigate the best local, national and international news of the day.
Our focus will be on bringing you the most important local and breaking news, while helping you find your favourite sections. There will be updates in coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled. For subscribers, we are adding new features that you can access freely as a benefit for being among our most loyal readers.
One thing that is new and is up and running now is our revamped Racing section.
The News Corp family has teamed up with Australia's #1 rated form guide, Punters.com.au.
We have always proudly produced comprehensive racing guides in our newspapers, now Punters is helping us bring you the best information online.
Our partnership with Punters.com.au means for the first time on our site you can check in on the odds of the next race of the day, and see the dividends from the last, as they are confirmed. The service is as good as any the punting firms are offering. You now also have direct access to all the tools and tips that make Punters the country's top racing guide.
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The service is also mobile friendly. So if you are yet to download our app, now is the time.
For general news buffs, the app is gold. When news breaks, headlines will arrive immediately on your phone. You also have access to not just today's newspaper online, but our archives. That means you can read every newspaper we have published in the past 12 months.
As you change, so do we. We are always looking at ways to improve our app, and would love to hear your feedback.
Remember, if you are having any issues, our Subscriber Services team can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 1300 361 614 during normal business hours (Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm).
And if you ever have suggestions on how we can improve, we would love to hear from you.
Editor, The Observer