From the Editor: Welcome to the New Delaware Today
In this time of nearly limitless opportunities to disagree, one thing I think all of us can agree on is that change is inevitable. Occasionally, this change is traumatic. Most often, though, it’s easy to look upon change as something that’s part of growth.
The changes we force upon ourselves can be some of the most productive we make, but it takes courage and occasionally a willingness to step into the completely unknown.
When I interviewed for the position of executive editor back in the fall of 2018, I wasn’t shy about telling the people who would eventually become my bosses and colleagues that it was time for Delaware Today to change. Our look needed updating to be consistent not just with our peers in the magazine community, but among our sister Today Media publications. If they hired me, I said, it would be with the understanding that those changes would eventually take place.
The new look and feel of this month’s issue is the result of that conversation. It involved the inestimable talents of editorial team members Ashley Breeding and Meg Ryan and art director Diana Ramirez, with the support of our sales and marketing teams. We drew inspiration from what the best magazines are doing and imagined what a modernized Delaware Today should be for its readers and what those readers would want. We conducted surveys and tested paper stocks. We considered what represents our reader today—where and how you’re living, what interests and fascinates you, and how to best reflect those things in the magazine’s look and feel (and yes, it does feel different).
What’s more, we recently launched the new delawaretoday.com, complete with more capabilities and new digital products as well as more customized content that we were unable to offer before.
If you’re a longtime subscriber, we hope these changes renew and deepen your interest in Delaware Today. If you’re picking us up for the first time, welcome, and feel free to flip through the pages and scroll through our feed to see yourself and your neighbors, as well as some of the surprises our state has to offer.
We hope you’re as delighted with the results as we are, but we’re not going to take it for granted. We want to hear what you think, whether it’s by phone, email, on the street or at one of our events throughout the year. One of the best things about change is that it’s constant, and the more we know about what our readers want, the better we can become something that delights you even more.
—Scott Pruden, Editor
February Editor's Picks
Even if it’s been a while since you’ve read kid lit, don’t sleep on A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity by Nicole Valentine. This middle-grade science-fantasy tale is bound to hit you and the young readers in your life with the emotional resonance of its themes of family, love, loss and hope.
Kill or Be Kind by Samantha Fish
Missing a classic blues-rock fix? Check out Samantha Fish’s genre-hopping guitar virtuosity on her 2019 album Kill or Be Kind (Rounder Records).
Cloud Walker IPA
If traditional IPAs have become tiresome, Victory Brewing of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, makes things hazy (in a good way) with Cloud Walker IPA, a dry-hopped New England-style “juicy” IPA that packs citrus flavors into a 6.8 ABV punch.