Why wait for Wednesday? Messenger newsroom adopts daily mindset

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, July 29, 2017

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The Wise County Messenger has always taken pride in being the No. 1 source for local news.

Throughout the years, we’ve evolved from a weekly to semi-weekly paper, incorporating a daily Update along the way to ensure Wise County citizens were informed.

Kristen Tribe

Kristen Tribe

In our ongoing quest to better serve readers, we’ve adopted a daily mindset in the newsroom. Two weeks ago we started posting stories to our website every day in addition to Update.

Versions of the online-first stories will also appear in the print edition, often with more details, but the idea behind posting them online first is to keep readers better informed.

As soon as we learn something, we want to share it with you.

The stories are posted on our homepage, and then we share the links on Twitter and Facebook.

Longtime readers will be familiar with this method as we’ve practiced it for years with breaking news, and Sports Editor Richard Green adopted the online-first approach two years ago with his section.

So here’s what you have to look forward to during any given week: Update printed and posted bright and early every day, individual news stories posted to wcmessenger.com every day, print editions on Wednesday and Saturday, plus a variety of special sections throughout the year.

We’ve also started sharing more of photographer Joe Duty’s work in albums on Facebook, so feel free to peruse the shots and tag your friends. Most photos, with the exception of house fires and car accidents, are available for purchase at wcmessenger.com/photos.

The Messenger newsroom and staff are committed to leading the industry and providing the highest level of community journalism for you, the readers. We’re excited about giving you more information, in a more timely manner and look forward to your feedback, so read on.

Kristen Tribe is editor of the Messenger.

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