Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Change Is Difficult, but Change Is Good

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Change Is Difficult, but Change Is Good

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Welcome to the new ABA Banking Journal. We especially welcome those readers of Community Banker magazine who have not heretofore been familiar with ABA Banking Journal. The truth is, regular readers and new readers are looking at a publication that has substantially changed. What you have is the best of both of ABA's general circulation monthly magazines--each of which had a rich and long-standing tradition.

After many discussions with all involved parties, the ABA concluded late last year that the time was right to combine the two publications. But rather than merely stitching together a patchwork affair, we took the opportunity to conduct research among many of you. What you told us guided the decisions of what to keep and what to let go, what to add, what to change, what to leave intact.

By now you've likely noticed that things are a bit different. That's because one of the early decisions we made was that the new publication should have an updated look. "Anatomy of a Magazine," on pages 6-7, walks you through the changes.

The decision was made also to keep the name ABA Banking Journal because it is representative of the association's fundamental principle: to represent the interests of the entire banking industry.

The integration of Community Banker, however, has brought an enhanced focus on the needs and interests of community banks and savings institutions, and we are fortunate to be able to work with two former staff members of that publication on a freelance basis. …

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