Regular visitors to www.postindependent.com may have noticed a change to the online calendar beginning Friday.
This is not your father’s calendar.
Powered by a company called Spingo, the new calendar features graphics for each entry related to the nature of the event, so its appearance, though initially similar on the home page, is dramatically enhanced once it is opened with a click of the mouse.
Its functionality is enhanced as well.
For example, searches, may be conducted not just by the date, but by distance and city and event type.
Events may still be placed for free, and the calendar includes detailed instructions about how to post your event. As always, we urge great care in posting events because making corrections after the fact requires considerable staff time. And bear in mind that this online calendar is used to “reverse publish” the calendar printed in the newspaper, so mistakes made online will appear in print as well until they are corrected.
Another of the new calendar’s features is the ability to add different levels of enhancements to draw more attention to a particular event.
So, in addition to the standard free event listings included in the vertical portion of the calendar, there is a horizontal “filmstrip” above it that includes various paid upgrades such as custom graphics, more in-depth event descriptions, Google maps showing event locations and choice of appearance dates and frequency.
We’re hopeful the new calendar will be more user-friendly and provide the sort of detailed information people looking for things to do in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond can use to help make the most of their time.
Crime and punishment
Some other changes will be coming soon to the print edition of the Post Independent.
Shortly after the new year, a new feature called the Court Report will debut. It will contain a roundup of felony sentences handed down in the local courts.
After some debate in our newsroom, we concluded this may be the most fair way for all involved to chronicle the final work product of our judicial system. Names will definitely be named, as everyone in the report will have been duly convicted.
Those who maintain their innocence and are able to demonstrate it to the satisfaction of the courts will be eligible for a front page story detailing their successful appeal. Otherwise, if you don’t want to be in the Court Report, don’t commit the crime.
We’re also planning to continue printing police reports, albeit in a more condensed manner, and hope to package them with the new Court Report — one-stop shopping as it were — in the same time and place each week.
As usual, alleged crimes of sufficient gravity will continue to be reported individually.
Stay tuned for a few more changes on their way early next year, and enjoy your holidays.
— Drew can be reached at email@example.com or 970-384-9110.