There's nothing definite in this, but in the PDF attached is a dummy of a proposed A4 Freedom newspaper which is going for discussion to the collective, which I'd like people to comment on.
What we're mainly looking at here is shapes and styles rather than content, so don't be put off by the downpage article on the front ;). The articles are mostly taken from issue 6820 to give a bit of realism to the whole thing, but they've been simply hacked off at the end where they're too long so this isn't a finished product or anything.
On page 16, some explanation is given for the new pages, on news content etc. What I've tried to do is increase the amount of information going in without making life more difficult for the editors (as news in particular is often something we have to fill ourselves) or in terms of layout.
The reason for the redesign is largely time and space considerations. As a smaller format, it's foldable by our printer, potentially cutting down on turnaround time. It's also more attractive to small shops, who need to put aside less room for it. Finally, it gives a chance to incorporate some ideas which have been batted around for a while by readers and writers.
This should actually be reasonably doable. We have someone who has volunteered for the theory/history page, and if we can find someone who wants to take on 'get active', that should ensure there's no more work to do than there was before. However, this is all subject to what people think, primarily the other editor, layout, and our printers.
What do folks think? Any feedback would be welcome.