Story last updated at 8/14/2013 - 2:56 pm
So you may have noticed a few changes in last week's edition. We've given our publication a small redesign. Our goals were to make it cleaner, sharper, and unified.
We'll also be offering different content. We're keeping the content that you've loved over the past few years, but expanding. For example, in our recent reader survey adding travel content was the most popular choice. We're starting off with a bi-weekly Travelbug feature by Ketchikan's Charlotte Glover.
We've added "sections" back, so you can find the type of content you're after more easily. Our sections will include opinion, history, travel, home and kitchen, health and wellness, outdoors, features, business, education, and arts, entertainment and culture. The frequency of these sections will vary, but we believe in providing dedicated coverage to these topics.
Perhaps the biggest change has been to our calendar pages. Previously we ran four to five pages of event listings for Juneau and Southeast Alaska. Our goal has been to have the most comprehensive calendar for all of Southeast. We feel we've done a pretty good job of that. Almost too good. The calendar reached a size where it was overwhelming to most readers, and with four pages of listings it still left them wondering, "what's going on?" So we've simplified.
All "one-time" events will still go into the printed calendar. These are events that are unique and happen once, or a specific series that goes for a short time. "Ongoing" events, such as monthly or weekly meetings, will no longer appear in the print edition. These events will still have a home with CCW. These events will be going online to our new events calendar - more on that later.
We've also brought back our "calendar spotlight." This feature will pull out four events from the calendar to highlight. These events must include a photo and can include a little bit of extra information versus the basic details that we run in the calendar. We're going to make this as fair as possible and try and feature events from different areas and production organizations. So one facility putting on an event may get featured one week and have another production the next week, but they are very unlikely to get featured both weeks. There are so many wonderful events constantly going on in Southeast. It won't be possible to feature all at once via the Spotlight.
And now for the online. Our website is getting a much needed makeover. Look for more details on that soon. How calendar submissions are accepted is likely to change, but we want to emphasize that there will be room for everyone to promote their Southeast Alaska event.
If you have more questions or want more details please don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.