Vail Daily column: We’re making moves at your community newspaper
Throughout the next few months, you will see the Vail Daily evolve as we redefine coverage areas for our reporters and prioritize the best ways to get information to our readers, both in print and digitally. I’ll use this forum to outline the changes as they come, and I appreciate any feedback, positive or negative, that you might have.
First, I would like to introduce, or really re-introduce, Ross Leonhart in his new role as entertainment and outdoors editor. Many of you might know Ross as one of the hosts of our On the Hill video segments. He was originally hired onto the copy desk at the Vail Daily in February 2012 and moved to a reporting position in December 2015.
Ross will be overseeing the High Life section, which will have an expanded focus on outdoor activities and pursuits in Eagle County. He’ll also be introducing some new elements, including a list of entertainment highlights for the week that will publish in the Monday edition, a similar feature in the Friday edition spotlighting weekend events and a larger emphasis on regional coverage.
In order to make room for more diverse content in High Life, we are doing away with the Tuesday health section and incorporating health coverage into our local news section, devoting the prominent page 2 position on Tuesdays to health-related articles whenever possible. Heath care is a hot topic, both within Eagle County and around the nation, and moving it further forward in the newspaper reflects that standing.
Finally, we’ve made the decision to remove the Wall Street numbers from the cover of the newspaper. They’ve long held their spot along the bottom rail, but alas, we feel that with the timing of the markets’ close each day, most readers are already getting that information on their mobile devices or elsewhere, so it’s stale news by the time our print edition hits newsstands.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
Want to share your thoughts? You can email me directly, or if you have comments you’d like to have published, then you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We request that letters be no longer than 300 words and include your full name, the town in which you live or your business affiliation and a phone number for verification of authorship.
Krista Driscoll is the editor of the Vail Daily. You can reach her at email@example.com.