John Drescher

New N&O adds deep reporting on ‘Focus’ page

On the back of the A section in Wednesday’s print News & Observer, you’ll find “Focus,” a new page devoted to deeply reported stories and you-are-there photography.

Reporter Rose Rimler, who has a master’s degree in biology, and photojournalist Tegan Johnston recently journeyed off the coast near Beaufort in search of sharks. They succeeded. Given the rash of shark bites in June, we wanted to tell you more about these sleek, powerful, predatory animals.

We’ve had “Focus” coverage in the Sunday paper, and that will continue. We’re adding a “Focus” page Monday through Saturday because we think print lends itself to depth, especially when illustrated with strong photography.

The weather page moves to the back of Sports during the week and stays in the Triangle section on Sundays.

The print paper has a new look. We’ve preserved the basic sections of the print paper but with a fresh appearance that is less dense and easier to read. Our new design comes from Mario Garcia, an internationally known media designer who gave The N&O a new look 20 years ago. Our 10 community papers will resemble the N&O in appearance.

On Fridays, you’ll see a new weekly column rotated among four N&O journalists – Jessica Banov, editor of the Cary News and Southwest Wake News; Sarah Nagem, editor of the North Raleigh News and Midtown Raleigh News; Burgetta Eplin Wheeler, a member of the N&O’s editorial board who previously wrote a regular local news column; and Linda Williams, The N&O’s front-page editor.

We will add other elements, including a weekly page about Duke, UNC and NCSU sports (starting in the fall); a gardening column in the Home & Garden section on Saturdays; a column about what’s trending on social media; and arts coverage culled from our site.

Our digital editions will have more video and a more layered approach to storytelling, with highlights at the top of stories.

Our publishing strategy is to meet your needs for news as your habits have changed and will continue to change. We’ll focus on two tempos of news: breaking news for digital and deeper stories for print (don’t worry, digital-only readers: the longer stories will be published first online).

We want to give you news the way you want it, on the platform that works for you. We hope you like these changes.

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