CEDAR RAPIDS — Next week, we’re rolling out some significant changes to The Gazette and TheGazette.com.
Come Tuesday 9/4, the Community section returns, with local news and features organized by geographical region. This is where you’ll find Dave Rasdal’s Ramblin’ column on Mondays and Wednesdays, a new daily feature highlighting things to do, as well as people features and hyperlocal news items. Community will publish on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in place of Accent.
Speaking of Accent, our features section is being renamed Living, beginning Thursday, to be consistent with how we label that content at TheGazette.com. Features favorites will still be found in the newspaper but in a new lineup:
You told us you don’t like having the Dear Abby column on the back of the daily puzzles, because it makes it hard for Abby readers if the puzzle worker in the family gets to the page first (and vice versa). So come Tuesday, Abby is moving onto a local news page. Check the 1A index daily; her placement in the newspaper will likely change as page space allows.
Also on Tuesday, the weather box moves off 2A and will take the slot below the daily TV grid. Thank you to our readers whose survey answers helped us retool the weather content. The revamped weather box will have a four-day forecast, weather almanac information, a roundup of Iowa highs/lows, travel weather and the top weather story of the day, all contributed by our friends on the KCRG-TV9 Weather Team.
Also on Tuesday we’ll launch major changes to online commenting at TheGazette.com. The new Daily Conversations section will feature three fresh conversations a day on topics of local interest that we believe people are or will want to talk about. Conversations will remain active for 72 hours, and then commenting will be closed. By the end of the week, we’ll have nine daily conversations at a time to choose from.
We’ll provide a little background and links to information on each topic to help users familiarize themselves with the conversation so they can offer insightful commentary. All comments will be moderated, meaning no comments appear until a moderator approves them. Moderation will be staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., so you’ll likely see a batch of comments post each morning from the overnight hours.
All comments are subject to The Gazette’s rules of engagement, which are not changing. They are, in brief:
You don’t have to agree with these rules, but to comment in our digital spaces, you’ll have to follow them. Comments that don’t will not be approved for posting. Because of the volume of comments we get each day, you may not be notified when and why a comment is rejected.
We invite you to explore our new Reporter Notebooks feature at TheGazette.com as well. Each of our topical content areas — business, government, public safety, education, sports and living — have this feature. It’s where the reporters blog about what they’re doing, reading, learning or talking about each workday. The goal is transparency around the reporting process. It’s not where you’ll find our completed stories but where you can see the bits and pieces of what reporters are working on. You’ll also find reporters’ Twitter streams on the notebooks.
Reporters will take comments on the notebooks as well. Rules of engagement apply. So if you’ve ever wanted to offer your expertise to a reporter, offer a news tip or ask a reporter a question, the notebook is the place. It’s a chance to have an impact on the reporting we do every day.
There will no longer be comments on completed articles, but again, you have the Daily Conversations and the Reporter Notebooks as options for engaging with us.
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