Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Readers Offer an Extensive List of Ways to Improve T-U

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Readers Offer an Extensive List of Ways to Improve T-U

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Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate

I asked readers recently for suggestions on how the Times-Union can become more reader-friendly.

I left the question open-ended, so that readers could suggest anything. Some of the following recommendations come from our e-mail group of thoughtful readers. If you would like to join, just send me an e-mail.

Here are some of the more interesting suggestions. I summarized them substantially, so I am to blame for any lack of clarity. Some of the suggestions conflict. For instance, readers either like or dislike the tabloid newspaper size.

-- Maryann Cavallaro-Turley, San Souci: More local news in the Metro section and a larger Crossword puzzle in the Friday Weekend section.

-- Doug Underhill, San Jose retiree: More investigative reporting, such as an examination of the commercial property appraisals.

-- Tom Goodsite, Atlantic Beach: More improvements to the TV magazine; listing networks with the stations.

-- Reuel Platt, St. Simons Island, Ga.: Label the sections the same every day, change Weekend back to full size, drop USA Weekend and return to Parade, add The New York Times Crossword puzzle, more coverage of University of Florida sports in the Georgia section and later deadlines for the Georgia Times-Union.

-- Sharon Jacoby, Switzerland: Add a single page with no advertisements of the five First Coast counties regarding planning, crime, government and large county activities. Larger print for schedules such as the movies.

-- Robert Taylor, Arlington: Put fewer black criminals on the front page.

-- Susan Ivey, Palatka: More diversity in letters from readers. "They tend to beat a topic to death." My comment: Sometimes readers are writing on the same subject.

-- Donald Hilton: Bring Doonesbury and Dilbert back to the comic section.

-- Paul Vogel: More uplifting stories about families. More local stories on the Religion page.

-- Dick Hanley, Fruit Cove: More recipes in the food section. …

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