Call it a facelift, a transformation or even an “Extreme Makeover: Print Edition” – the Bryan County News will unveil a sleek new look Wednesday.
The changes aim to deliver information in an easy, clean and straightforward manner, according to Bryan County News Publisher Mark Griffin.
Hollie Moore Barnidge, managing editor of the sister publication in Hinesville, The Coastal Courier, has been sampling and tweaking fonts and graphics for the past year in anticipation of the redesign, which we hope will offer content in a more appealing manner.
We’ll also be integrating more data visualization, or ways to tell the story beyond text with charts and graphics that are more appealing to the eye and use spatial comparisons to demonstrate the information.
“With some graphic elements and user-friendly features, we think this new design will be quite attractive to readers,” Lori Wynn, Bryan County News editor, said.
And while we’re making our product more user-friendly, we will add some new content features that will give readers a chance to become more involved with the publication.
One such feature is on the editorial page, where we’ll commend a positive contribution, event or move in the community with a proverbial thumbs-up and show our disagreement with something not so great with a thumbs-down.
Some of the items will come from our staffers, who hear feedback from residents while interacting with the community and others will come directly from readers, who we encourage to chime in by emailing Wynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We encourage readers to let us know what they think about our redesign and their views on stories we write,” Griffin said. “It really helps us improve and deliver the news and information people in our community want.”