Empire expanding local content

Posted: Friday, January 29, 2010

The Juneau Empire will launch several new themed pages Monday as part of its effort to expand local content.

The pages will appear in the A section of the Monday through Thursday editions. On each day, the section will focus on news from a different part of the community, ranging from government and business to health and education.

"We've given a lot of thought about where to expand coverage, and we're optimistic the community will be pleased with the direction we're taking," Empire Managing Editor Charles Westmoreland said. "It also will give members of the community more opportunity to get their news items into the paper."

Each section will rely on submissions from readers, he said.

On Mondays, the Empire will feature government. Content will include news briefs from around Alaska, employee promotions and new hires, employee achievements, and Q&As with lawmakers and state officials on a variety of topics.

The Tuesday edition will highlight education, with briefs and announcements from local schools, stories profiling students and faculty, photos of classroom projects and events, and recognition of student achievements and awards.

On Wednesdays, the Empire will turn its attention to local business. Here, readers will find business news and announcements from around Southeast Alaska, spotlight features on new businesses, profiles of existing ones that are making headlines, and promotions and new hires in the private business sector.

The Thursday issue will emphasize health and fitness. The page will incorporate into its subject matter local health news and briefs, interviews with health professionals on topics of local interest, and health, fitness and nutrition commentary from local experts.

"The sections being added are highly relevant to life in Juneau," Westmoreland said. "The sections should offer something of interest to everyone."

The Empire is currently accepting news releases and content submissions from the community. E-mail your news, photos and announcements to editor@juneauempire.com. Content must be submitted at least two days before the section is published to provide time for editing and review. Submissions should not be of an advertising nature, and any such submissions will not be published.

To facilitate this collaboration between the Empire and the local community, the Empire will hold several press release writing seminars throughout the year. Members of the community who are interested in learning the best way to get their news information published in the newspaper are invited to attend.

Questions may be directed to Managing Editor Charles Westmoreland at editor@juneauempire.com or by calling 523-2265.



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