IndyStar releases redesigned Sunday print product, looks to future

Bear in mind January?

, approach again when. Earlier than Sen. Mike Braun secured his frontrunner place as Indiana’s subsequent governor. Earlier than Tyrese Haliburton turned “promenade king” of NBA All-Star weekend. Earlier than the moon blocked out the solar for these 4 minutes.

Earlier than Caitlin Clark got here to Indianapolis and eclipsed the whole lot.

I joined IndyStar as government editor in late January, not understanding that I might be the one to inform you a couple of $2 million funding in our native information and promoting workers, the closure of our native printing press and related adjustments to print deadlines, or the formation of a brand new Reader Advisory Panel that launched this Wednesday.

Again in January I might supposed to introduce myself and write to you extra steadily. However then issues modified. And adjusted once more.

Now I am sharing one other change that our print subscribers have little question already seen. At the moment we have launched a reimagined model of your Sunday Star. From right here on out our flagship print version will characteristic bolder design round our greatest work, new options that provide the native information you demand, and a few new avenues for interplay with our journalists and journalism.

Inside, you will discover our “317” neighborhood information web page and the return of Retro Indy’s deal with our shared historical past, together with new options like our Accountability and Inspiration pages and extra. I hope print readers will take it for a spin and inform us what they assume, and that digital subscribers will take a look at the e-edition reproduction.

Reimaging our most-read print version is an enormous swing, but it surely’s a part of what makes IndyStar greater than a newspaper. Let me zoom out a bit and clarify.

Past Sunday print: Defining our function locally

On Wednesday night time, in the course of the first assembly of our Reader Advisory Panel, member Roderick Bohannan requested a very good query about how we at IndyStar view our function locally.

It is a tall ask for somebody who’s nonetheless studying the primary avenue names. Nevertheless it’s one thing I’ve considered steadily. Here is a place to begin that I might prefer to share, edited down from the imaginative and prescient assertion that I developed whereas interviewing to grow to be your new neighbor.

IndyStar’s mission:

  • As a part of Gannett our mission is to empower communities to thrive by offering unbiased, distinctive native and nationwide content material and unmatched advertising options to the communities we serve.
  • As a member of the USA TODAY Community, our newsroom fulfills that mission by offering unbiased native journalism that’s important to these communities.
  • In 2023, on the 120th anniversary of the Indianapolis Star, we publicly up to date our mission assertion: “IndyStar informs, empowers and evokes the individuals of Central Indiana with our journalism. We maintain the highly effective accountable and inform Hoosiers’ tales with depth and empathy. We do that to help democracy, enhance lives and make our residence state a extra equitable place for all.”

IndyStar’s imaginative and prescient:

  • IndyStar will function a catalyst for the enhancement of Indianapolis and Central Indiana information, sports activities and neighborhood management by proving the super value of our mission each day.
  • We’ll obtain our objectives via rigorous planning to capitalize on the anticipated, nimble response to the sudden, and the understanding that excellence in these areas will permit us to take well-informed dangers that drive innovation.
  • We’ll win with service and inclusion. Collaboration might be our superpower, from cellular newsrooms to raised serve and characterize the range of our communities to cross-functional groups that mould our office tradition. We’ll marshal our shared skills to uplift others.
  • We’ll develop the place we’re planted. Coaching/internship/fellowship partnerships with neighborhood training companions and others will assist us establish, recruit and retain homegrown expertise. Clear expectations and motion planning will present our coworkers work-life stability and alternatives for development. IndyStar might be a vacation spot the place journalism’s finest thrives.

What’s that imply in concrete phrases? Effectively, let’s write that story collectively within the months and years forward. Thanks for sharing a slice of your Sunday with me, and for studying IndyStar.

IndyStar Govt Editor Eric Larsen could be reached at [email protected] or 317-444-7342.

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