Gazette changes will add sections, features, pages

December 8, 2012
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The photo displayed above and in The Gazette’s name on today’s front page is an iconic image taken more than 14 years ago by staff photographer Christian Murdock. As one Gazette editor said, Pikes Peak symbolizes “who we are.”

We hope you’ll continue to see The Gazette as part of your lives as we introduce several changes, only 10 days after Clarity Media Group assumed ownership of this newspaper. These changes will be introduced over the next two weeks.

You may wonder if The Gazette is taking away any of your favorite columnists, comics, puzzles or features. The answer is “no.” We’re seeking to add, not subtract.

So, as you read The Gazette today and next week, here’s your user guide to the changes:

More content. We’re adding 32 pages over the next two weeks.

A new daily Life section. Not only will you see a Sunday Life and Travel section, but you’ll be able to enjoy Life sections every day. Most will have themes, such as Family on Monday, Health and Wellness on Tuesday, an expanded Food section on Wednesday, expanded Out There on Thursday, GO! on Friday, and Home and Garden on Saturday.

A daily Local & State section. We’re placing even more importance on local news coverage by giving local news its own section daily, not just on Sunday. You’ll read news from Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region and the state.

More national and world news. We have heard from readers who want more important news from this country and outside of it. So every day, we’ll have at least one Nation/World page.

An Op-Ed page. We understand that Colorado Springs is growing and becoming more diverse, so we’re adding an Op-Ed page to seek more views from you. It will be an addition to our daily Opinion page in which we will discuss issues of importance to this area.

An added page of Sports on Sundays and Mondays. We understand that you want more coverage of college and pro sports, so we’re giving it to you on these two days.

More reader interactivity. Barry Noreen is changing his popular column to seek questions on issues that concern you. Barry’s “The Voice of the Reader” will also address issues that we think might interest you. (Check out his first column to you in today’s edition.) We’ve also developed a special Web form on the Opinion page that will allow you to use your smartphone to write letters to the editor. We want to find even more ways to interact with you, our readers, so look for more interactivity in the future in The Gazette and

Springs Military Life will expand to a full weekly section starting Sunday, Dec. 16. We’ll showcase our military coverage in a Sunday section along with our daily coverage of the military. We understand how important the military is to this area, and we think this weekly section will provide you even more coverage of our military institutions.

Also, starting next Sunday, you’ll see a weekly Faith & Values page in the main section. This will highlight stories about our religious communities and issues worldwide that may affect them.

And, we’re adding three pages of the weekly Wall Street Journal to the back of our Business section on Sunday, Dec. 16. We want to provide you with local Business coverage as well as financial and consumer news from the country’s most noted financial newspaper on a weekly basis.

Finally, you might notice that we’re also updating our overall look to provide you with a cleaner, more visually attractive newspaper.

This is just a beginning. Next year, we will continue to update and redesign The Gazette and its website, We’ll add more areas of news coverage that we hope will better reflect you, our readers.

As you consider Pikes Peak as “who we are,” we hope you feel The Gazette reflects “who you are.” It’s our commitment to you.

What do you think about our changes?

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