Lightening up a little: A team effort
Dear Readers,I hope you enjoyed our bit of fun-poking on pages 1 and 2 in today’s edition. In case you didn’t get it – April Fool!We were lucky that several normally sane and sober people were willing to play along with our little prank, including Kjell Mitchell at the Hot Springs Pool and Chief Terry Wilson at the Glenwood Springs Police Department.Melanie Handl, an award-winning member of our graphics staff, designed the pest-ridden flag on page one.Karen Keating, assistant manager at Defiance Thrift Store, loaned us the lovely Easter frock worn by Kathryn Preston, our receptionist, in the bridge photo. We returned the dress to the racks Friday. It may still be available.I can’t really explain Kjell’s outfit. It was his idea.Enjoy your April Fool’s Day. We all need to take ourselves less seriously sometimes.-Several of you have written to me about the Sunday crossword puzzle. I would be willing to reconsider my earlier decision to ax the Sunday Puzzler in favor of the New York Times Crossword.As I explained a couple months ago when I announced the change, my previous poll yielded a 4-4 vote, and passion weighed more heavily on the side of the New York Times.You may try to convince me otherwise. I’ll keep the polls open until Friday. Please send me a letter, fax (945-4487) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).-Speaking of polls, don’t forget to vote tomorrow if you live in Marble, Carbondale, New Castle, Silt or Parachute. Some very fine people are offering to serve your communities. Please show them your support by voting.-In a cost-saving measure, we are eliminating our direct-dial telephone lines here at the Post Independent. By Friday, those lines will be cut off.Please call us at the familiar 945-8515 number. Our ever-so-pleasant Virtual Operator will answer, and you may speak the name or department you are seeking. (As of last report, a sneeze delivers you to the newsroom, and a cough sends you to Classifieds.) Or you may dial the extension of the person you are calling straight away.We’ll be running ads later this week with everyone’s extensions. Clip them for future reference.-Over the next two months, the staff here at the Post Independent will be working with a newspaper consultant on a redesign project. We are very excited about it.You won’t see the results until late May or early June. We aren’t going to rush into this.The old Post and Independent merged so quickly 17 months ago, we never took time to plan a better design for the paper. It’s been a scramble just to get each edition on the streets.We are overdue for an analysis of the paper’s content, organization and appearance. All these things will change, more or less.Our consultant is highly biased in favor of local news content, and page design that clearly delivers information to readers with a touch of class.His first step has been to ask us a long list of questions. We have been most stumped by those asking us to define what our readers want in their newspaper.We all have casual conversations with readers, but we really want to know more as we enter this redesign process.To that end, I’ll be having a cup of tea every Tuesday this month, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., at the Market coffeeshop, under the clock tower and next to Summit Canyon Mountaineering at Eighth and Grand in downtown Glenwood Springs.Please drop by to visit.If Tuesday mornings aren’t convenient for you, feel free to send me a letter, fax or e-mail (see above).I want to know what parts of the paper you like or dislike, what parts we should hang onto and what parts we should ditch. If you have more philosophical thoughts on what you think your local paper should be, let me know.We want to build up our relationship with readers. We want the newspaper to be an important part of your lives, and a clear reflection of this wonderful place where we live.Heather McGregor is managing editor of the Post Independent.
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