I'm used to getting something with substance on the front page. Now, just when a story seems to be getting somewhere , it ends with no insight or further depth.
By Jason Leach
Published October 20, 2006
Well, it's been a couple weeks now since the latest Hamilton Spectator format was launched, and I've got to be honest: I do not like this new paper.
I'll start with the positives. Nice to see that the short clips in the business section including a new focus on Hamilton's Port. I've long held the belief that we need to be proud to be a port city and embrace the fabulous industry that is there.
I like the new weather page and I certainly like having more colour pictures.
Now for changes I don't like...
I'm used to getting something with substance on the front page. Now, just when a story seems to be getting somewhere I look at the bottom expecting to see the "continued on page ##" and instead the article is finished. It just ends with no insight or further depth.
I can get small, news hits on CHML and CH TV. I want longer, in-depth reads in the paper. I remember back when we had the Magazine section and even prior to that I would regularly have to pick up the paper later in the day to finish reading it.
Now my wife can't figure out why I still get it delivered, because every day it takes about ten minutes to go through and I end up mumbling about what a waste of money this thing is.
I hate the crime blotter thing. It's unnecessary and only adds to this over-hyped fear of crime in Hamilton.
Overall, I find myself leaning towards ending my subscription sooner than later. I haven't up until now because there is no other paper in town. But with new online magazines and news sites in the city I find that I end up reading all the same stories of importance somewhere else other than the Spec anyhow.
I wish this weren't the case, though.
The Toronto Star is a fabulous paper and I hope the Spec will learn from it in both length, local content, forum pages, in depth coverage and excellent writing.
The Spec has some great writers who could easily match the quality in the Star, but it seems we won't allow them to as we become more of a tabloid.
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