The newspaper has worked diligently for the past few months to beef up local coverage and provide you with the information you need to know. And the staff is only getting started.
“There’s going to be a whole lot more coming,” said Cheryl Welch, director for content and audience development. “We plan to serve the Tri-Cities area like never before. This community deserves a top-shelf publication, and we’re definitely that.”
In case you missed it, the Tribune staff has:
* Started an editorial board, which has been writing local editorials for the Opinion page for the past month. Each day Monday through Friday, readers will find a thumbs up/thumbs down column of items from the editorial board and a local editorial. The editorial board writes opinion pieces about topics of concern to readers in Northwest Ottawa County. Check it out on the Opinion page and tell us what you think by writing a letter to the editor via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
* Began offering additional coverage of the Fruitport, Norton Shores and Ferrysburg areas thanks to the staffing addition of local journalists R.J. Wolcott and Krystle Wagner.
* Featured your photos and submitted information in the Tribune consistently. Have a photo or news item you’d like to submit? E-mail it to email@example.com
* Instituted a community calendar that runs each day in the Tribune that lists all of the local events and happenings in our area. This is a one-stop calendar that appears on the Lifestyles page in the Tribune. Have a calendar item? E-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org
* Offered more at grandhaventribune.com than ever before with links to area bloggers, 24/7 breaking news, photo galleries, primary documents, our Top Five Picks for weekend events and more. Check it out now.
“We want the Tribune to be your Tribune,” Welch said. “We want to feature your news, your photos and provide the information that you crave.”
So far, the newspaper has seen positive growth since it began offering deeper local coverage, Hook said, and that’s encouraging.
“Readers have interacted at a far greater pace, and single copy sales are indicative of a market that is hungry for local news,” he said.
What’s coming next? Lots.
* Bonus magazines. Readers will soon see three new magazines inside their Tribune – Spry, Relish and American Profile. These hugely popular supplements offer insightful articles geared toward boomers, seniors, foodies, pop culture geeks and everyone in between. The Tribune is offering them to you as an added bonus for being loyal subscribers. We think you’ll love them.
* Let us answer your questions. Staffers are working to develop a reader-friendly mailbag feature. Readers may submit their questions – questions about any local topic – to email@example.com
(make sure to write MAILBAG in the subject line) and we’ll answer them. Want to know about yard waste pickup, when that pothole on your street will be fixed, or about an update to a story? Ask us. We’ll answer you.
* Like to laugh? The Tribune is looking to create the best comics pages ever by including the comics that you, the readers, want most. There’s a poll online at grandhaventribune.com for another week asking you about your favorite comic. Go there now to vote for your favorite! Also, want to get a survey sent to your e-mail inbox? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
to ask for the e-survey and we’ll send one to you.
* A photo says it all sometimes. A community-submitted photo page is in the works. The full-page feature will run in the Tribune each Saturday once it begins. But we need your photos first. Send your photos of ribbon-cutting ceremonies, community events and general happenings around town with caption information of who’s in the photo (from left to right, front to back) and what they’re doing and when, and we’ll seek to feature it in the Tribune. E-mail them to email@example.com
. Also include the person’s name who took the photo so we can give proper credit.
“We welcome your input and your contributions,” Hook said. “Let us know what you want more of, and what we are missing. If you know of news happening in your walk of life, let us know about it.”
While we prefer e-mail, we’ll take submissions via the postal service, too. Mail photos or other items to Grand Haven Tribune, 101 N. Third St., Grand Haven, MI 49417. Make sure to include your name and phone number with all submissions.