Two weeks to launch of compact Southern

The clock is ticking and there is now only two weeks to go before your Southern Reporter undergoes a dramatic transformation.

Next week will be the last time you will be able to buy the Borders favourite local newspaper in broadsheet format.

For on March 21 the first Southern Reporter will hit the streets in its new compact format.

And we are very excited about the move.

We believe the more modern size will make us “easier to pick up, harder to put down!”

However, we understand it’s the end of an era, and some may not welcome the change. But the move from broadsheet to compact is not something we are undertaking lightly. It follows extensive research with the public, the majority of whom support the change.

The new compact, which will also benefit from an extensive redesign, will be easier to handle and more suited to current lifestyles.

Despite the change in appearance, however, the newspaper’s traditional values and unrivalled coverage of news, sport, information and advertising will continue to be delivered to the people of the Borders.

We have listened to and acted on what you had to say about the size of the paper, and many of you have also been in contact to tell us what you love about TheSouthern, and what content you would like to see more of. We’ve had many suggestions, but there is still the chance to get in touch with us and share more of your thoughts on the matter.

Whether you want more entertainment news, or more human interest stories, wider coverage of youth sports, or added features such as restaurant reviews, health and fitness items – or perhaps you would like a games page with a crossword and sudoku – let us know so we can make sure TheSouthern remains the best read in the Borders.

We’ve put together a short survey, which you can access online at:

And as a way of saying thank you, we’ll enter you into our prize draw.