The real trick to great photos is the eye of the professional photographer, but the great equipment sure does help them produce iconic images for West Virginia readers to enjoy.
More of the money has gone to purchase a new computer system that will help us modernize what we're doing both in the newspaper and on our website.
You aren't seeing the results yet, but you will this coming spring. The system, produced by a company called NewsCycle Solutions, will enhance what we're doing in print and online.
Much of our content will be the same - still with an emphasis on West Virginia news and sports - and our hope is to make it look better.
Online, the goals include: be easier to navigate, smarter suggestions about related stories, more photo galleries and greater flexibility for mobile.
Other newspaper companies are making more dramatic moves to shore up their future. Some, like The Washington Post, are selling their actual buildings. The Star Tribune in Minnesota is selling its printing plant.
These moves are what John Paton, CEO of Digital First Media, would call buying "gas in the tank" to get down the road.
We'll miss dailymail.com, but comparatively this is not that big a change. And it will be worth it when our products improve.
So please join us at CharlestonDailyMail.com and let the adventure there begin.
Brad McElhinny is editor and publisher of The Charleston Daily Mail. From now on, email him at bra...@dailymailwv.com.