The Telegraph has a new look

July 14, 2014 

If you’re a longtime reader of The Telegraph, you have seen its many faces. Some changes have been subtle, others more dramatic. More recently, we have redesigned our website, www.macon.com, and decided a redesign of the newspaper also was in order.

Monday we introduce our new look, which displays our content in a more organized and engaging style for readers who prefer longer form journalism, quicker reads or both.

Daily changes include the use of more color, standalone informational features, quick summaries, referrals to online content and an emphasis on what is local.

Our biggest changes are on Sunday. Earlier this year, Phillip Ramati began writing a centerpiece for Sunday Living, replacing what had most often been a non-local wire story. We are now expanding Sunday Living to include a new social column, a first-of-the-week glance at upcoming local events and a story featuring interesting cultural happenings around the state. Other new features include a local column about reading, local and national book reviews, and a national best-sellers list.

The New York Times crossword puzzle also will move to this section, which you will now find among the main sections of the newspaper. No more hunting in the back of the paper.

Also on Sundays, our local news section will now include local business news, plus our opinion and editorial pages. The TV page, including Dear Abby and Today in History, and the Neighbors page will appear inside the comics section.

Our redesigned paper is still a work in progress, as is our review of content. Besides Ramati’s Sunday Living features, he and columnist Ed Grisamore have been writing more local religion features. We will continue to look for ways to bring more local voices to our pages and to provide readers with more local news.

On Wednesday, for instance, we introduced a new local food column that we will publish the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. We are also adding a monthly local design feature that will debut Thursday.

Let me know what you think of the changes and our new look. Send your feedback to smarshall@macon.com, or leave a message at 478-744-4340.

Sherrie Marshall is The Telegraph’s executive editor.

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