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The times they are a-changin'


August 17, 2016

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    The media world is an ever-changing place. If you want to survive, you have to evolve — and here at Connect, we're about to go full-on Charizard. You hold in your hands the very last issue of our biweekly newsprint paper.
    The next issue you'll see on our stands will be a professionally designed, full-gloss monthly magazine, with a gorgeous new look to grace your coffee table or bookshelf for as long as you want to keep it around. We'll be shooting for 32–48 pages per issue — more, if we get a good response or something really juicy is happening in town. The magazine will come out at the beginning of every month and give you a look ahead at the weeks to come, in addition to in-depth looks at Statesboro's artistic scene.
    Don't worry — we'll still be featuring the same sort of content you've come to expect from this publication. We'll still have band write-ups, community news, annual festivals and theatre updates. We'll keep you informed about happenings at the Averitt Center, new businesses coming into the Boro, the continued revitalization of downtown and the great musical talent on local stages.
    Our regular columnists will also be along for the ride. The Vampin' Gamer and the Tailgate Tattler are sticking with us for the transition, as are Overthinker Katherine Fallon and Daytripper Kenley Alligood, who are more recent additions to the team. Summer intern Kenneth Lee will be chipping in with his Screen Cap commentary on modern cinema, and spring intern Matt Sowell will be lending his comedic prowess to the astrology section. (Yes, you read that correctly.)
    To stay on top of the daily flow of news in and around Statesboro, we'll be moving content on our website and social media outlets much more regularly, so make sure to subscribe to us and keep an eye out for those stories. And if you'd like to say hello, come meet us at the Boro Browse on Georgia Southern's campus on August 23.
    Personally, I am both curious about and excited for this magazine experiment we are about to undertake. I am thrilled to be putting Connect's design in the capable hands of Hunter McCumber, former Connect cover artist and current artistic director at Statesboro Magazine. Having always preferred the editorial element to the design side of things, I am looking forward to letting Hunter take the reins for Connect's facelift.
    But to tell the truth, I'm also a tiny bit sad to be handing off that part of the process. Since I came to Connect in July of 2014, this paper has been my baby. I have chosen the stories for the paper (and written half of them), designed the pages and edited everything for each individual issue. It has been a very organic and surprisingly intimate experience.
    But babies have to grow, and adding people to the process is how you build a good team. And between the designer and reporters and columnists who are coming together to work on this project, we are building a heck of a team. We're all dedicated to telling Statesboro's stories to you for as long as you want to read them.
    It will be quite the new adventure as we embrace this change, and we invite you to come on board with us — not just as readers, but as participants. I'm always on the lookout for fresh talent to add to our team, and our ad manager Stephanie Childs would love to help you get your business featured in our glossy new pages. If you're interested in talking to either of us about those opportunities, email us at bhowell@connectstatesboro.com and schilds@statesboroherald.com, respectively.
    Look for our new issue on stands in the first week of September. Happy reading!
    
    Brittani Howell is the editor of Connect Statesboro. If you'd like to reach out, shoot a message to editor@connectstatesboro.com!

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