Included in this blog is my submission for the following award:
Innovators of the Year Award: These individuals will be chosen from across Journal Register Company’s newsrooms and recognized for their work in the Digital First process and for their focus on audience. Nominees should include individuals who developed new models for content distribution; created new opportunities for user-generated content; and developed collaborative opportunities with staff, readers and peers.
My job duties include designing the weekly Health page and compiling and editing its "Health Notes" for a rail of briefs. Local organizations, health care facilities and readers were sending their relevant events, activities and meetings to several different places because the only submission information for the briefs was the mailing address for the newspaper. Realizing that we would be getting more and more content digitally, I asked that an e-mail address be created strictly for health-related information, and in September I asked readers to submit their briefs to Health@News-Herald.com for the first time. I manage the e-mail account and communicate with readers to ensure consistency in compilation of Health Notes — even editing the rail in advance for my co-workers on the rare occasion that I will not be designing the page.