Lucky 13, last day for old GSPI design
Dear Readers,Read it and weep, for today – Friday the 13th – you are reading the final issue of the old Glenwood Springs Post Independent.You may want to hang on to this paper so you can compare it to the fresh new look that we will roll out on Sunday. (For a sneak preview, stop by the GSPI office today until 5 p.m. to pick up the prototype edition.)We have been totally immersed for the past two months in a process called redesigning the newspaper. Starting Sunday, you’ll get to see the results.Our goal was to design a paper that is relaxing and easy to read, simple to navigate and well-organized, with a sophisticated look that matches our readers.We started by re-examining the type faces, called fonts, that we use for headlines, story text and for photo captions, which we call cutlines. We decided a complete replacement was in order.Starting Sunday, we’ll use a no-nonsense block style headline font called Frutiger for hard news stories, and a pleasing serif headline font, called Stone, for feature stories and commentary. Stone will also be employed as the font for our story text.Let me tell you more of what to expect. The biggest changes you will see are these:-A more open look to the pages, with thin lines dividing stories and more white space.-The entire news package, all that we have room for on a given day, will run first. It will be followed by the new Community pages, by Commentary and by Sports, in that order. Commentary will no longer be anchored on pages 4 and 5. It will be at the end of the news package and in front of sports, and the pages it occupies will vary from day to day.-We’ll feature the day’s top news and feature stories and photos on pages 1 to 5. We will run more pages of news as the size of the paper allows.-The Community pages, largely compiled by Arts & Events Editor Donna Daniels, will include Mountain Mailbag and Postings. Thank-you letters will appear there, as will obituaries.-Independent Voices, an opinion bank made of ordinary folks, running on the Commentary pages every Friday.The sports section also boasts some changes. I’ve asked sports editor Sean Kelly to explain these, since these good ideas are his:-I’m expecting the sports department will field a few calls Sunday – many with the same question:Where’s the TV schedule?Not to worry. It’s still in the paper, and, for those loyal readers perusing this column, I’ll save you a phone call.The sports section, along with the rest of Sunday’s Post Independent, will have a dramatically different look. The sports pages generally will be consistent with the changes throughout the paper, but the lead page will have a unique look.The local sports and television schedules – which currently appear in a single column on the left hand side of the first sports page – will move inside to the Scoreboard section.In its place will appear Morning Briefing. The Morning Briefing, which comes to the Post Independent via the Los Angeles Times news service, consists of humorous snippets from national columnists and personalities ranging from Woody Paige of the Denver Post to Jay Leno of the “Tonight Show.” The package also includes sports trivia and a look back at noteworthy events.I see it as the perfect companion to that morning cup of coffee – easy reading while the mind is still trying to shift out of neutral. It takes just a minute to read and could lead to a good watercooler conversation later in the day. I have little doubt the seasoned sports fan will find Morning Briefing entertaining and informative. I also hope to pull in readers who otherwise wouldn’t give the sports pages a second look. It’s an opportunity to get a feel for the wacky world of athletics without sifting through stats, standings and box scores that intimidate (or bore) the non-sports-fan.And who knows? After a week of reading Morning Briefing, new readers may find themselves wondering how the local high school team is doing and whether any of those athletes will someday appear in the Morning Briefing.So, readers, this is an important moment for the Post Independent. We are making these changes because we want to make the paper better for you. We want the GSPI to be your newspaper.I hope you’ll be patient and give yourself a few days of reading to adjust to our changes. Then let me know what you think. You can call me at 945-8515, ext. 517, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.Heather McGregor is the managing editor of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.
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