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Monke: Page layout changes designed to help quality, content

As you have read through today’s newspaper, you have undoubtedly notice that our page arrangement has changed.

Obituaries, Lifestyles, North Dakota and Markets are all now on different pages than you are used to seeing. For the most part, the content is the same. It’s just in a different place.

We have made these changes for a number of reasons.

Dustin Monke First, we had a goal of grouping some of our similar pages together. For years, our news stories have been spaced out throughout the paper. As you will see, most of the pages where you read those stories have now been grouped together.

Second, as newspapers evolve and the manner in which we build our pages changes, this update helps ensure easier workflow for those who design and layout the newspaper so our nightly news deadlines are met.

Third, we’re always trying to find ways to keep things fresh. Sometimes, subtle changes are the best way to do that. We hope this is just a step toward making our newspaper easier to read and more appeasing to the eye with more informative information for both our subscribers and those who pick up the paper at the newsstand.

The major change we are certain will affect the most readers is the moving of Obituaries from Page A2 to A5. We did this primarily because our new design style for both obituaries and funeral notices created issues in how we designed this page.

Moving the Obituaries to Page A5 allows our page designers more freedom, which will help create a better-looking newspaper.

This has also led to us creating a new page on A2 called News To Know. There, you will be able to find news briefs, the What’s Going On community calendar, the daily weather graphic, our Market in Review graphic and, most notably, the local grain markets.

We have eliminated national grain and commodities markets because of changes to our wire services and the manner in which many interested readers receive their information about these topics.

A couple of pages will remain the same. Our Local page will remain A3 while our North Dakota page moves to from A5 to A4. The Opinion page is staying put on Page A6 and will be paired opposite of Lifestyles on Page A7.

Perhaps the nicest aspect of these changes is that we have freed up more room for news content.

We believe, as a newspaper of record, we need to have the ability to include more national and world news than we have been. These changes will help us do that, mostly by eliminating the 600-word daily Wall Street wrapup story that we found was passed over by the majority of readers.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns with the new page layout, please feel free to email me at the address listed below. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the changes.

Monke is the managing editor of The Dickinson Press. Email him at, tweet him at monkebusiness and read his past features and columns at

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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