Some key changes are coming to The Gazette, beginning Sunday, and many of those changes are driven by feedback from our readers.
Click here to take an online survey about the redesign. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.
You told us you’re busy and want a newspaper that’s easy to navigate and gets you to the day’s top stories quickly. So we’ll have summaries of the day’s news in the left rail on page 1A every day.
The front page weather box is expanding to include three days of forecasts. Plus, we’re adding labels to stories throughout the paper and bumping up the type size to help you find what you’re looking for.
Inside, pages 2 and 3 will deliver the day’s top local and wire news. Pages beyond that will have additional local, nation/world and opinion content.
Insight & Books
Here you’ll find enhanced opinion content with more local viewpoints, from guest columns to local bloggers; deeper explorations of the top issues that matter to our communities; the Smell Test fact check feature; and expanded books coverage.
The daily opinion page will now be called Insight as well, and letters to the editor will still be published every day. See opinion page editor Jeff Tecklenburg’s column in the Sunday section for more details on the local issues we’re making a priority in the near future.
We’ll be looking for ways to explore those issues from the news side, as well as opinion, to give you a full range of coverage and insight. For example, political reporter James Q. Lynch explores for 1A Sunday whether the average American will see significant differences no matter who wins the presidential election, and Tecklenburg’s team explores more viewpoints around the question in Insight & Books.
Within the new books section, you’ll find more of the features you’ve come to expect and enjoy — reviews, events, suggested reading and best-seller lists. The list of literary events is now more robust, with readings and discussions. You said you missed the national best-sellers, so they’re back along with the local lists.
Freelancer Rob Cline will continue to share his book reviews with you, and in the spirit of bringing more opinions to the pages, we welcome The Gazette Book Club. We’ll select books to read collectively and then discuss in The Gazette’s pages and in person. All we need to make this collaboration a reality is you. Join us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use that same email address to participate in another new feature. We’re calling it “What are you reading?” and hope that it will be another avenue for area readers to share with each other.
You’ll find other changes in the Sunday newspaper, too. Home and garden articles and columns, including reporter Cindy Hadish’s Homegrown, will now be found in our revamped Living section. The popular House of the Week floor plans will be located with the real estate classified ad section.
The Living section will continue to be the place to find lifestyle stories that offer insight into the trends that shape our lives — plus, travel and parenting features.
You’ve told us that things to do is information that’s really important to you, and there is plenty to do in the Corridor. We’re meeting your needs with the larger Hoopla section and daily recommendations for things to do (look in Community or Living).
Sunday’s Living section will provide a weekly look ahead at the best bets for things to do in Eastern Iowa, and on the first Sunday of each month, we’ll look ahead at things to do that you’ll want to get on that month’s calendar.
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