Stillwater News Press

January 14, 2014

News Press sports a new look and contents

By NewsPress Staff
Stillwater NewsPress

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 design

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

“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 — — 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.

New community voices

A new feature on the front of today’s paper and most days going forward is called a “Q5.” It stands for five questions, or quick five, and is a question-and-answer format with members of the community about community issues and events.

Other new features in future editions will include an Education Spotlight on Wednesdays, To Do This Weekend on Thursdays, a Church Profile on Fridays and Making a Difference in the Community — highlighting local volunteer efforts — on Saturdays.

The Your News page and other specialty pages throughout the week will feature of a variety of new columnists. Today’s paper features a new business column by Stillwater Chamber of Commerce president Lisa Navrkal, and new sports column by former longtime sports editor Ron Holt, which will be published each Tuesday.

Look for new columns from community experts on various subjects and pages throughout the week.

Charlie Brown is back

The Comics page has been redesigned today with several changes. The Bridge column has been removed — it will now appear just once a week on Sunday in the Lifestyle section — and the Dear Abby advice column has been added to the page.

Five new comics have been added, including Classic Peanuts, the most popular comic strip of all time and winner of the New Press’s comic poll in 2010. Also added were Pearls Before Swine, Arlo & Janis, Tundra and Non-Sequiter. For Better or For Worse, which is no longer producing new strips, was removed.

Feedback welcomed

Comments, complaints and suggestions are welcomed by the general manager. Send email to letters to 211 W. 9th St., Stillwater, OK 74074. Or call 405-372-5000, ext. 290.