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Gazette's redesign includes changing Business, adding 'Who We Are' page

By: Joe Hight, The Gazette
September 1, 2013 Updated: September 1, 2013 at 8:10 am

The Gazette designers Nichole Montanez and Stephanie Swearngin wanted to determine what really are the colors of Colorado Springs and Colorado. So they went on a photographic adventure downtown.

Starting at The Gazette's new location later this year at 6 N. Tejon St., they walked several blocks north and west and snapped hundreds of photos. They then created a color palette from the photos for the redesign of The Gazette that you will see starting today.

However, before you think there are mass changes to The Gazette's print edition because of the redesign, please note a Gazette committee spent months looking at the print newspaper differently and with one mission: to make changes suggested by readers or ones that would have minimal impact on the positive feedback from the major redesign in December. Because of that mindset, designers including Nichole and Stephanie began to think more deeply about the colors that would reflect Colorado and how they could be reflected in The Gazette. What they found surprised them.

"When you think of Colorado, you think of earth tones," Nichole said. "We weren't expecting to see so much color - how lively and colorful it is."

So during the next week, you'll see some obvious changes, including:

- The Business section will be a separate section with a new feature called Pikes Peak Bottom Line on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the Business section will be in order directly behind our local and state coverage instead of being on the back page. On those days, that section will be called "Local, State & Business."

- The second page of the Local & State or Local, State & Business section will become the "Who We Are" page with stories and special features about the history and culture of and interesting facts about our region. Columnist Bill Vogrin writes about it today in his "Side Streets/Who We Are" column. The page will include the "Today in History" and "Back Pages" columns along with a new historical photo of the day; Dave Philipps' "Ask Gen. Palmer" about history on Sundays; "Colorado on the Web," and a census or demographic fact on the region four days a week. We'll also feature occasional special stories about the community or community-related announcements and features on the page, and readers may contribute occasional columns.

- Bill Radford will write a new "Country Life" column about life outside of the city, starting on Tuesdays. Bill Vogrin's "Side Streets/Who We Are" columns will move to Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Garrison Wells' "Ramblin' Man" column will move to Saturdays, and "The Voice of the Reader" will be on Mondays.

- The Sports section will add two pages on Wednesdays to provide more news, features and information on the national and international sports scene. We'll also occasionally run a column by Mike Moran, senior media consultant for Colorado Springs Sports Corp. and former chief spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

- On Bronco game days, starting this Thursday, we'll feature four pages of advance coverage wrapping our regular Sports section.

- Weather will move from the main section to the back of Local & State or Local, State & Business.

- Entertainment Editor Tracy Mobley-Martinez is reinventing GO! on Fridays to become more lively and energetic and feature the events and entertainment that Gazette readers care about and want to do each weekend along the front range, whether it be in Colorado Springs, Denver, Pueblo or anywhere in the state.

- We also will move some regular feature pages, including FreshInk to Mondays, starting on Sept. 8, Faith & Values to the Life section on Sundays so we can provide color on the page, and Pets Corner to Mondays and Saturdays. I like to compare it to when you move furniture in your home: the furniture - the columns and feature pages - are still there for you to use, read and enjoy, just in different places during the week.

Then you may notice some other more subtle changes, such as the new color scheme. I invite you to study the photos sculpted together in the collage by Nichole and Stephanie, or take the trek yourself north and west of N. Tejon to find the actual places shown in the photos. In your quick review, is there anything you recognize immediately? Or, is there anything you don't recognize, such as for me that red door? We'll leave it as a mystery for now, but we'll be sure to identify the locations for you in a future Life section.

Colorado Springs has beauty that goes beyond the mountain backdrop, especially if you look at it as Nichole and Stephanie did. We hope you enjoy the obvious and subtle changes in your Gazette.

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