We have started to make subtle but substantial changes to your local newspaper, and I’m pleased to say that some readers have noticed.
Several people called or sent emails in recent weeks to say they like what they’re seeing and reading. I mentioned that we made a couple of key hires in March, including reporter Sarah Knieff, page designer Cindy Duffee and graphic designer Holly Young.
“Just finished reading the paper and really appreciated the way it was laid out. I liked the city, county and school stuff close together and very informative.,” one reader wrote. “Bang up job,” is how the person put it.
In terms of news content, we have started introducing more digestible ways of creating content. We hope they have caught your eye..
For example, for our coverage of government meetings, you may have seen headlines like “three things to know” about a specific meeting. This is allowing us not just to write about a single topic but numerous subjects that are covered and lay it out in a way that’s easy to navigate.
You also have probably noticed more Q&A profiles. We are doing this with newsmakers as well as business owners and leaders. This approach is helping us again cover more areas with someone we are profiling and in many cases is a better way to let them tell their story.
You will also see efforts being made in the coming weeks to help you navigate your weekend through a list of upcoming events, an important topic as the community hopefully starts opening up more as summer approaches.
I tell readers that I feel the momentum building and I hope you do, too. They sometimes share story ideas or offer to contact me again with an idea or suggestion. I love this about community journalism.
So, what are your thoughts and what do you want to see more of? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-327-0066.