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Fuji Flyer ends June 1

Posted 4/10/2007   Updated 4/10/2007 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Ruth Curfman
374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

4/10/2007 - YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan  -- The last edition of the Fuji Flyer newspaper will be June 1.

Due to reorganization of Air Force personnel, Public Affairs officials made a decision to move Air Force newspapers to Web-based news and information.

There are many benefits to going to this new system. For instance, people will not have to wait a week to read the latest news taking place at Yokota Air Base.

Additionally, people, military or civilian, will be able to access news stories from any base on their home or military computers.

The homepage, www.yokota.af.mil, will focus on getting the news out to the base community as well as giving the world more in-depth coverage of various missions here and across the Air Force.

This change also allows base officials the ability to easily manage the site and upload photos and stories immediately.

The most substantial improvements to the new site is that people will be able to download high resolution photos, view video of Air Force news and see the up-to-date news being reported throughout Pacific Air Forces as well as the top stories from Air Force Link.

There will also be a vast improvement in how people can receive their news and information. Through RSS (Rich Site Survey) feeds, users will be able to receive a brief message via e-mail when updated news and information are posted on the site without having to load the homepage to see if anything has changed.

These changes have been decided based largely on the fact that many people are turning to the Internet for their news and information. Fewer Air Force people are picking up their base newspaper each week -- surveys have shown the number of people who read every issue fell from 57 percent in 1994 to 38 percent in 2004.

Considering this recent information, the decision to not publish a weekly newspaper reduces the amount of recycling required every week in left over newspapers alone.

Under the Air Force Smart Operations 21 principles, a group found that each Air Force newspaper costs around 40 man-hours a week in page design and approvals, making the production process a target for work savings. This initiative will allow the news staff more time to produce better quality news for their individual base.

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