Editor's Note - Tweak week

Improvements to Going Postal and Fallout bring new features

You'll notice a few changes in this week's paper, one of which sits two columns to the left of my mug. Time & Place is shot by staff photographer Joeff Davis, who contributed to a similar feature at the Chicago Reader before he joined us in Atlanta.

Joeff's also teaming up with writer/photographer Andisheh Nouraee for a new photo feature called Peep Show. You'll find it this week on page 16.

Peep Show replaces Scene & Herd, a column Andisheh pioneered, which was ably manned by Frederick Noble while Andy took a sabbatical. Check it out, and you'll see that Joeff and Andy didn't take long to get to the bottom of things.

We've also moved some existing articles into new sections. John Sugg's Metroman column is now called Metropolis. It appears in the Fallout section. We moved the Public Agenda listings into Happenings. In the process, we've ditched the Metropolis section because its two components — Sugg's column and Public Agenda — have been cast into other parts of the paper. And .com-ments is right here in the Going Postal section.

The idea behind all this shuffling is to group articles together in a way that makes more sense to readers. Now, for instance, Going Postal contains both letters and comments from readers in addition to information about how to contact our staff.

The Fallout section's a bit weirder. I got the idea a while back to mash together a lot of our front-of-the-book news, entertainment and humor features into one big section that redefines news as a real mix of things readers may be interested in. It doesn't mean we're less interested in news than in the past, but it does mean you may find a Profile shot of a hot entertainer next to an Add It Up on Atlanta's transportation mess. This week's tweaks — bringing Sugg and Peep Show into the same section — take that further.

Engaging in what's really going on in your community ought not be a lullaby. It should be fun and entertaining. I hope this week's paper moves us even further in that direction.


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