Major makeover for the NZ Herald

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The New Zealand Herald is receiving a facelift, with a redesign, new columnists and news content, a new emphasis on our business journalism, and more sport.

Herald editor Shayne Currie says the changes, from Monday, follow extensive reader research. “We stay in touch with what our readers need and evolve as they do. They and our advertisers can expect a bolder, brighter paper, with journalism that’s even more engaging, relevant and important,” he said.

“In news the emphasis will be on unique content: exclusive investigations and campaigns, and more data journalism that complements our digital platforms. We have also refreshed our reporters’ rounds and the topics and issues they cover.

“And you’ll find the very best columnists – we’ve added Lucy Lawless, Mike Hosking and Alan Duff in the past few months, and there’s more big names to come.”

The Herald’s sports section will be bigger than ever, with new columnists and wider and deeper coverage of sport and big events, including the All Blacks.

Sport will also be more prominent, coming in from the front of a daily sport-business liftout.

“We’re also giving more space to college sport, highlighting our future stars,” says Currie.

In business, there’s more analysis and interpretation of the big issues, and more specialist content, including Tamsyn Parker on personal finance, Juha Saarinen on technology and Jock Anderson on law. The Business liftout on Fridays is being overhauled, with new design and high-end content.

A new-look TimeOut launches the same week on Thursday, October 2.

Head of Entertainment Joanna Hunkin says the focus is on making the magazine even more populist and practical.

“Our readers use TimeOut to plan their week ahead – from where they go and what they do, to what they watch at home,” says Hunkin. “As well as a complete design overhaul, we’re introducing new reviews, more columnists and an even greater variety of useful and entertaining news and interviews from across the entertainment spectrum.”

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