Did you get a chance to look at our two new digital products this week? I thought the news fairies looked favorably on both our new Monday e-edition and our Afternoon Briefing newsletter, but the technology goblins were mischievous. Let me explain:
For our first Monday e-edition, we hoped to have a relatively tame Sunday news cycle, without any last-minute surprises, but with enough news to make the edition worth logging in to read. (If you haven’t set up your digital account, please do so. It’s free to Columbian print subscribers. Visit www.columbian.com/digital to get started.) We wanted a day when our Sunday staff, Micah Rice and Joey Trull, could get used to their new duties without having to scramble their plans on deadline.
It worked out well. Assistant Metro Editor Jessica Prokop had written an interesting story with photos about two local judges that we could use as the front-page centerpiece. She filed it on Friday, so it was able to go through our regular editing routine and get placed on the page early. We also had a good regional story from our news partners at Crosscut, who had commissioned a public opinion poll about Washingtonians’ attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccinations. It’s our goal to offer more in-depth regional content in this new Monday e-edition. To fill out the cover, Joey was able to find a newsy story looking ahead to Wednesday’s impeachment vote.
Joey also found room for 16 more stories and briefs on the inside pages of the front section. We didn’t have any local “spot news” about crimes or fires, but we were ready to report about it. Finally, Opinion Editor Greg Jayne and Amelia Fisher, who processes our letters to the editor, put together a full editorial page.
In the second section, our later e-edition deadline allowed Micah to pull together full coverage of the weekend’s NFL playoff games, including a follow-up story analyzing the Seahawks’ disappointing Saturday loss. We also offered our regular weather page and all of the Monday comics and puzzles.