It has sort of been one of those weeks here at The Sheridan Press. On the one hand, we’re working with Todd Morrison to get our new website set up and running for Monday.
We’re excited because it will be much more user friendly, more intuitive and just downright more attractive. We’ll be able to have a little more flexibility with photos, videos and the addition of some interactive features such as games and online news coverage.
We’re sure there will be some kinks in the new site we’ll need to work out in the first few days, but there always are. To go from 10-15 people with access to more than 800, things are bound to hiccup. But we’ll be here, staffing the phones to help our readers through the transition.
On the other hand, I’ve been getting used to the fact that as of Monday, the newsroom will be fully staffed for the first time in a long time.
Following horrific accidents, turnover and babies, Monday will mark the first time in nearly a year that we have everyone covering only their beat.
In a time where many newspapers are cutting back and working through layoffs, The Sheridan Press is choosing to invest in its staff. The more staff the newsroom has, the more time we have to write features, in-depth articles about upcoming governmental issues and cover the day-to-day meetings in Sheridan politics.
And even though I know you cannot please everybody (especially in our business), this is really exciting.
The staff is relatively young, very involved in the community and eager to raise the bar a bit.
It’s fun to be a part of such an endeavor.
Anyone who has worked in a cohesive, well-organized group knows what I mean.
You can feel the energy. You can feel the excitement and you just know what you can accomplish will make all of the hard work, late nights and painful phone calls worthwhile.
Kristen Czaban is the managing editor of The Sheridan Press.