July 9, 2012

Big changes ahead for ‘The Gazette’

To our readers:

Big changes are ahead for The Gazette.

Launched in 1971 as a four-page paper of record for the university, it evolved over the years into the larger, broader-in-content, 42-times-a-year tabloid that you are reading today. Beginning in September, the publication will be transformed again.

On the first of each month, The Gazette will appear as a big, beautiful news magazine, designed to better tell the story of The Johns Hopkins University and its people. In its pages, you will read about timely events and important news developments, learn more about our people and our programs, and find ideas to help you do your job and live your life in better ways—all brought together in a fresh, compelling package.

Like the institution—and the audience it serves—this new monthly publication was shaped by a drive for excellence and innovation, and a desire to set the standard in its field.

You’ll still get breaking news of Johns Hopkins when it happens—delivered to you in the fastest way possible, thanks to the Office of Communications’ forthcoming online news vehicle, The Hub, which will bring together in one place all the news of our far-flung university. You can read more about The Hub in the next issue of The Gazette, and you’ll be able to discover and explore it yourself in late August.

Miss a breaking important story there? Not to worry. You’ll find it highlighted in our new print publication, along with all kinds of exciting new content, presented in a visually compelling format.

The longtime features that are in our DNA—a universitywide calendar, Cheers, Milestones, staff recognition events, classified ads with which you can connect with your colleagues—will not disappear; they’ll just look better and be more fun to peruse. All of you, our readers, contribute to the success of these elements; please continue to alert us to significant stories and submit news that’s important to you at gazette@jhu.edu. (Questions about deadlines? Please contact editor Lois Perschetz at lwp@jhu.edu.)

You’ll see changes in our website, too. Like that of our sister publication, Johns Hopkins Magazine, our new online home is being designed by the talented Web team in the Office of Communications and will be easy to access on your computer or mobile device.

We know that many of you rely on The Gazette as the go-to source for historical information. You’ll still be able to access online our archives dating back to 1994; for help tracking down information that appeared earlier than that, please continue to query us at gazette@jhu.edu.

We’re excited and energized by the new publication we’ve conceived for you, and we hope that you will be proud of it and the way it represents this august institution.

The July 23 issue of The Gazette will be the last in our longtime format. We will not print editions in August; important breaking news will be posted online on our current website, gazette.jhu.edu, and on the university’s home page, jhu.edu.

We will continue to carry advertising that adds value to your reading experience, and university affiliates will still enjoy special rates. A partnership with our new advertising representative, Clipper City Media, begins immediately; for rates and deadlines, contact Kristen Cooper at kcooper@
clippercitymedia or 410-902-2309.

We’ll see you in September, in the same locations where you’ve been finding us.

Take a look, and let us know what you think. Drop us a note at gazette@jhu.edu.