John Drescher

Changes in N&O digital and print editions start Wednesday

You’ll see changes in our digital and print editions starting Wednesday that will reflect the way readers like to get their news.

Digital is great for breaking news and video. Print often is best for deep reading.

Our digital editions will feature more layered storytelling. Research shows that many people scan quickly when reading on their computer or phone. Our online stories typically will list three highlights at the top of the story. In the text, we often will break out a key number, fact or quote. These breakout elements will provide concise information so that scanners can quickly grasp the essence of a story.

With the explosive growth of smartphones, this has become the age of video. Readers want to see video of key events and of newsmakers explaining their decisions and actions. We’re going to give you more video.

Sometimes the video will be 20-second clips of newsmakers taken from a phone by a reporter. Sometimes it will be polished mini-documentaries produced by our top-flight photojournalists. Sometimes the video will come from citizen bystanders to the news.

We’ll continue to add new digital content. Launching soon is The Menu (, a new website devoted to the Triangle’s growing restaurant scene, focusing on the reviews of longtime N&O restaurant critic Greg Cox and the work of N&O photographer Juli Leonard. The site also will give readers quick access to Cox’s popular Cheap Eats columns, which spotlight ethnic eateries, food trucks and counter service spots. Earlier this year, we started The Recipe, a collection of great recipes with Leonard’s photos. You can find it at

The print N&O also will change. On average, print readers spend more time with the paper than digital readers do reading us online. Many readers prefer to read longer stories in print. We are embracing the depth of print.

Starting Wednesday, we will add a new Focus page to the back of the A section Monday through Saturday. It typically will feature one deeply reported story, usually from North Carolina but sometimes from the nation or world. The weather map will move to the back of Sports on these days.

Also, the paper will have a new look. The sections will remain the same but with a fresh design that is less dense and easier to read.

We’re adding several features, including a daily column on what’s trending in social media; a new gardening feature in Home & Garden on Saturdays; and more local columns from the staff.

We hope you like the changes. Thanks for reading The N&O — in print or on your laptop, tablet or phone.

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