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Letter from the Editor: The Westfield News is excited to join MassLive

The Westfield News is moving its online edition to, starting Dec. 14. (SCREENSHOT/MASSLIVE.COM)

The Westfield News is joining the region’s leading website for local journalism,

Starting Tuesday, Dec. 14, news, sports and entertainment stories written by Westfield News staff and correspondents will have a new home on MassLive. Our local coverage will appear alongside articles from the newsrooms of The Republican and MassLive, giving readers a single destination for all their hometown and regional news.

In addition to appearing on the MassLive homepage, local articles will be published on subpages such as, and Our opinion articles and theater reviews will be posted at and

For those who want to see all Westfield News articles, columns and letters in one place, the newspaper will have its own separate feed, Readers can also use the newspaper’s current web address,, as a shortcut to reach the new Westfield News page.

Some items on MassLive require a paid subscription. One way to make sure you get all your local news is to visit, call 866-292-7027 or email [email protected] and start subscribing. One subscription covers all the articles and photographs posted by local journalists from The Westfield News, The Republican and MassLive.

Full access to MassLive is also included for all new and existing subscribers to the print edition of The Westfield News. To subscribe, call 413-788-1100 or email [email protected] and ask for daily delivery of The Republican. For all subscribers in Southwick or Westfield, a copy of The Westfield News will automatically be included Mondays through Saturdays — two newspapers for the price of one.

Those who already subscribe to the print edition but haven’t yet activated their free MassLive subscription can do so at

In addition to the new website, readers may notice a few changes in the look of the print edition in the coming weeks, as the design team at The Republican takes on the task of building each day’s newspaper.

What won’t change is The Westfield News’ newsroom staff and its commitment to serving as the newspaper of record for Westfield and Southwick. The news team of editor Michael Ballway, sports editor Chris Putz, reporters Peter Currier and Amy Porter, photographer Marc St. Onge and our locally based correspondents will still deliver your town’s news, written with your town’s readers in mind, in your town’s daily newspaper.

There is also no change in our advertising, classified advertising, legal advertising and obituary staff. Local advertisers will continue to receive personal attention from Westfield News employees based at our office at 181 Root Road, right here in Westfield.

We are excited about our new partnership with MassLive, and encourage everyone in Westfield and Southwick to take a look at our new online home. Rest assured that we’ll be returning the favor, doing what we always do — keeping tabs on all the news in our hometowns.

Michael Ballway is editor of The Westfield News.

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