STILLWATER, Okla. —
Beginning with Tuesday’s edition, the Stillwater News Press is introducing a new look and some new content features designed to make the paper more informative and appealing.
The changes include expanded use of color and photos in the paper’s masthead as well as new specialty pages, story formats and community columnists.
“We are modernizing our design and introducing some new elements and community voices,” News Press general manager and editor Dale Brendel said. “We want the News Press to be a true community forum with reader engagement and feedback and filled with community news and information that is important and/or fun to read.”
The News Press has changed fonts and style elements throughout the paper, but the biggest changes will be noticed on Page 1. The updated News Press logo now includes Stillwater in orange lettering — embracing the most prominent color of the community — and now has a space between News and Press.
There is space above the nameplate to tease stories on sports and inside news pages with color photos.
Page 1 will have a daily column on the left side devoted to standing features, including another photo of an inside story and an icon forecasting the day’s weather.
Smile of the Day is a new feature showing someone from the community smiling each day, and why they are smiling. Readers may submit photo nominations for Smile of the Day by emailing to email@example.com.
“The Smile is a fun new feature that we hope readers will participate in and look foward to seeing each day,” Brendel said.
The results of a daily poll on our online site — stwnewspress.com — will be featured as well as other features that are available on the website.
New specialty pages
A dedicated new page devoted to reader-submitted community news will be found on Page A3 each day. Titled “Your News,” the page will feature photos and news items submitted by readers, news sources or organizations. Readers are invited to submit photos and news items for the page. A column written by someone in the community will be featured each day.
On A5 each day is the Record page, and will include obituaries, police reports, meeting agendas and reports, lottery info, a bulletin board of local briefs, and other miscellaneous information.
The A section will also include one other specialty page per day. Today, and all Tuesdays going forward, will have a Business page. Wednesdays will have an Education page, while Thursday will debut a Arts page, with a local entertainment calendar for the weekend and other arts and entertainment features. The Faith pages will remain on Fridays, a new Senior Living page on Saturdays, and a new Outdoors page will debut in the Sports section on Sundays, with local hunting and fishing stories and columns.
The Sunday Lifestyle section will be filled with new pages — Food, Health, Gardens, Agriculture and Travel — all with local content.