On Monday, the doors swung open on Naples New Media Group’s new offices at 1100 Immokalee Road.
Many of the group’s newspapers, including the Collier Citizen, are already coming off the new press.
On Aug. 26, it’s the Eagle’s turn.
What will be different
The size of the newspaper for one thing. Necessitated by the new press, the Eagle will be changing from a tabloid newspaper to a small broadsheet. What this means for the reader is an Eagle that’s a little less wide and about one-third longer.
Just before the relaunch of marconews.com, the Eagle held a focus group and followed up by posting a survey online. With this reader input and the constant feedback we received, the staff decided to take this opportunity to make a few other changes.
Online visitors already have received a seek peak at the new look, as the design was posted there along with the surveys early in July. We heard from readers that you want more news on the front page, and the new Eagle provides ample opportunity for that.
One of the most notable changes will be the elimination of ETC, the Sunday edition. It will morph into the Sunday Eagle. Much of the feedback we received indicated that the current Sunday product would be better suited as a regional edition of the Eagle. While Wednesday and Friday will continue to focus on Island matters, the Sunday edition will reach out to communities like Everglades City, Golden Gate and the 951 corridor giving you a look at what’s happening, not only on Marco, but around it as well.
Many of you also expressed a desire to see more business-related stories. Wednesday’s Eagle will now have a dedicated business section. Friday’s Eagle will feature a dedicated real estate section and Sunday will be devoted to money matters.
Receiving a much needed makeover will be our dining section. Based on your feedback, many of the features have been updated or replaced.
You also told us that you have trouble finding many of the local events the Eagle promotes. The new To Do section will now focus on the next seven days, instead of including events weeks before they occur. Extended notice listings will still be available online. That way, readers will be able to find what they need, without it getting buried in an avalanche of events.
As always, items for the To Do section must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event date. For reoccurring events, notice must be submitted at least once a month, on or before the first day of the month.
What will be the same
While the newspaper may not be as wide, the size of our newsprint will remain unchanged.
Our dedication to covering everything Marco, from city government to education, will also continue.
Your favorite columnists, like Chris Curle and Don Farmer, Kathleen Tuttle, Red Stier and Bill Walsh, will all remain.
And the newly relaunched marconews.com will continue to cover paradise 24/7.
How are we doing?
While the focus groups and surveys are a nice way to gauge audience feedback, we still want to hear from you.
Don’t hesitate to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also write Editor Bill Green at email@example.com, or call 213-5329.
There’s also a customer service button at the top of marconews.com.
However you choose to express yourself, through Facebook, Twitter, a letter to the editor, Eagle i submissions, e-mail, typewritten letters, or handwritten notes, we want to hear from you.
What will never change is our commitment to providing you the most up-to-date information on your community. Everything else is up for discussion.