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Mike Connelly

Mike Connelly is editor of The Buffalo News.


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You may already have noticed: Your Buffalo News is different today. For those of you reading the print newspaper or the eEdition replica, the Taste food pages are now on the back of the Sunday Home & Style section. MoneySmart is now inside the Sunday Business section. And the TV Topics section is nowhere to be found. All three moves – and changes in the weekday n…

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Two weeks ago, The Buffalo News had an unexpected (and unprecedented) problem: We worried we wouldn’t have enough paper to print the Sunday newspaper. Across the United States, newspapers are scrambling to find newsprint. A week ago Monday, three truckloads of newsprint failed to arrive at The News’ downtown printing plant. We usually have 900 rolls of newsprint on hand…

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Last week, two new editors showed up on The Buffalo News masthead: Margaret Kenny Giancola, deputy managing editor, and Denise Jewell Gee, assistant managing editor. The masthead is the space at the top of The News’ editorial page that lists the newspaper executives. It is a sacred place for newspapers. The New York Times, which names 17 editors on its page A2 masthead,…

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The Buffalo Evening News named its first Outstanding Citizens in 1949. First-year honorees included Walter J. Mahoney, who went on to be State Senate majority leader for 10 years; Joseph Mruk, just elected Buffalo’s mayor; and the novelist Taylor Caldwell. That’s 68 years of honoring the people who help make Western New York great. We like to spotlight a wide range o…

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Starting today, you won't be able to read BuffaloNews.com with an ad blocker turned on – unless you are a subscriber. Ad-blocking software is a growing problem for publishers, who rely on digital advertising to cover part of the cost of reporting the news. More than a quarter of BuffaloNews.com readers already use an ad blocker. When Google decided that new versions of …

The Buffalo News sports section this week has a new feature called “On BNblitz.com.” It promotes as many as a dozen pro football stories that are online – but not in the newspaper. Welcome to the all-new BNblitz.com, a big step into the future of The Buffalo News. The Buffalo Bills have always been a big story for The News. In several interviews over the years, Bills…

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Welcome to the all-new BNblitz.com. Because we care about the Buffalo Bills as much as you do. It's been that way from the beginning. In several interviews over the years, Buffalo Bills founder Ralph C. Wilson Jr. said The Buffalo News sealed the decision to locate the team in Buffalo. For a 2009 story in Sports Illustrated, Peter King quoted Wilson saying: "I though…

Sean Kirst is a Western New Yorker through and through. “My story is the Buffalo story,” Sean wrote to me a few months ago. “A father raised in an orphanage founded by Father Baker, an orphaned mother from an immigrant family whose brothers worked on the waterfront.” Now he has come home, to write a local news column for The Buffalo News. For newspapers, columnist…

A tip for all you iPhone users: Download the new Buffalo News app. In many ways, it looks just like the new website and mobile site that we introduced in October. But the new app gives you even more: Photo galleries. We have a great photo staff and great freelancers who take pictures at community events. The new app makes it easy and fast to swipe from picture to pic…

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Cathaleen Curtiss, director of photography at The Buffalo News, spent more than a decade working for America Online back when it was a hot internet site. In 2008, Curtiss led AOL to a remarkable accomplishment: 12 billion photo views. People like pictures. Great photos freeze unforgettable moments. Smartphone video records horrifying and amazing events, but great pic…

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Welcome to BuffaloNews.com version 4.0. It looks different from the old BuffaloNews.com. The home page has a new, visual design built around big stories, hot topics and the latest news and entertainment. For some of you, the changes will be a relief. It has been more than four years since the last redesign of BuffaloNews.com. The digital world has changed a lot since th…

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It has been more than four years since the last major changes to The News web and mobile sites, an eternity in the digital age. As we planned the new site, what drove our decisions? Mobile. Our No. 1 goal was to build a new BuffaloNews.com that works great on phones and tablets. In 2012, the last time BuffaloNews.com was redesigned, 35 percent of Americans had smartphon…

Coming this week: an all-new BuffaloNews.com.It has been more than four years since the last major changes to The News web and mobile sites, an eternity in the digital age. As we planned the new site, what drove our decisions?Mobile. Our No. 1 goal was to build a new BuffaloNews.com that works great on phones and tablets. In 2012, the last time BuffaloNews.com was redesign…

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Donn Esmonde’s first assignment for The Buffalo Evening News was covering a tennis match.It wasn’t exactly a hazing. It’s the sort of story given to new reporters.That was Jan. 6, 1982. Donn was a kid from Long Island, an English major from SUNY Stony Brook, coming to The News after a couple years writing sports at the Poughkeepsie Journal. Last Sunday – 34 years and 217 d…

In a New York Times article two weeks ago, a UCLA political science professor cited recent research that found “partisans surprisingly willing to discriminate against people who are not members of their political party.”The professor’s conclusion: “We’ve entered an age of party-ism.”It is tempting to believe we live in particularly nasty political times. That forgets that …