This week’s Bloomfield Democrat has a completely different look to it. The newspaper has been printed on smaller-sized paper compared to what our readers are used to seeing. Compared to previous editions, this week’s pages are narrower in size.

The change forced newspaper employees to make multiple changes in how the paper looks to readers. Some things may still resemble editions from previous weeks, but overall, very few things are still the same with this edition.

The change in page size was forced on The Bloomfield Democrat when our printing plant in Albia experienced some issues last week. Those issues prevented them from printing any newspapers through Aug. 17. That meant that several newspapers from Albia, Chariton, Bloomfield, and other locations were left to find printing facilities in other communities.

The Bloomfield Democrat was printed on the printing presses of the Ottumwa Courier this week instead. Since the Courier uses a smaller paper size, adjustments had to be made to the Democrat’s page size. That also affects the size of photos, width of advertising and also the column width of stories included in this edition.

“We learned of Albia’s printing difficulties late last week,” said Bloomfield Democrat Editor Scott Spurgeon. “We were warned that difficulties could force their printing plant to shut down. Officials from the Albia Newspapers confirmed that during the afternoon hours on Friday, Sept. 10.

Bloomfield Democrat staff was already preparing pages for this week’s edition when the news came that changes had to be made. Newspaper staff scrabbled to make changes to pages that had already been completed and prepared for early printing deadlines. Pages were reworked to make the content fit the new page size.

“Fortunately, this is a one-time thing,” said Spurgeon of the change. “It has been a lot of work and extra time spent by staff to get this paper published. Hopefully, the printing plant issues in Albia will be resolved and we can resume with our normal printing production after this edition.

“The change in paper size also provides a look at what future editions of the newspaper could possibly look like for readers,” explained Spurgeon. “Many printing facilities in the industry are now printing on the smaller-sized paper rolls. At some point, The Bloomfield Democrat will most-likely be forced to print on the smaller sized paper. The printing facility in Albia is among a small number of printing plants still using the wider paper for its printing purposes.”