Mailing February 24, the Journal expands from 24 to 32 pages. Executive Director Jan C. Harzan spearheaded the 2015 move to an all-color Journal - and the eight new pages in 2016.
Look for 10 new features or columns, one column retiring and two moving to new digs. If you've been planning to sign up a friend or colleague - this is the month to start them out on. Changes will continue in the Journal until we feel the member population is comfortable with it and is participating.
As editor I am very pleased at the number of members stepping into the Journal and submitting good, fresh material. We're pushing the bar a bit by defining more pages and rallying those with the research and opinions to fill it all up.
How was I to know one of the most interesting "Under 500 Feet" cases would come along for March where Witness #1 was able to produce CGI of what he encountered in the remote Canadian woods that night? The witness believes he may be on to an interesting way to study UFOs previously not considered - where the object is sending us signals through the very devices they are shutting down. In the same March issue, Southern California State Director Jeff Krause is first up in "UFO Lab Notes" where he explains how a photographer with a hearing aid might be reporting the same phenomena. Good material flooded in during the upgrade process.
Archivist Cassidy Nicholas will offer us some interesting recent stats at the bottom of page 1 each month now. Page 2 is an open pandora's box with "UFO Think Tank" where UFO theorists have less than 400 words to make a point in any direction. "Industry Notes" on page 4 will report what our colleagues are up to. The "UFO Traffic Report" team takes on six pages with the most interesting incoming cases. The website gives us "Trending Now" from the Home Page that tracks what everyone is talking about. STAR Team Investigator Norm Gagnon kicks off the "Field Investigator's Short Form" column that sums up an interesting case in 500 words with illustration. Norm, as usual, provides the awesome graphic this month.
On the business side, we've included a page shared by "Help Wanted" and "Journal Advertising." Look for a strong push in 2016 to add more volunteers and sell more Journal advertising pages.
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