AS PROMISED LAST WEEK, we’re going to review pages from The Derby Informer over the coming weeks. This week, it’s the opinion page.
FROM ED: Some points to consider…
1. The page is more a catch-all than an opinion page. Placing the obits jump and the crossword here tends to bleed the impact of the columns. It’s like telling your readers: “The content of this page is important!!!!!…well…kinda.” Let’s try to find another place to put the crossword and jumps.
2. Type in the text wraps next to the column sigs and the obit mug is pretty badly word-spaced and letter-spaced. It appears you may have worked on it to adjust it, but it’s still pretty bad. Perhaps try reworking the column sigs into a horizontal format.
3. Folio is crammed…can you put some of that information (web address, for one) elsewhere? Try putting date and page number on the outside, with name of the paper flush to the other side of the folio.
4. There’s no editorial here. Community newspapers need to take a stand on local issues—in every issue. Not having an editorial makes you less of a newspaper.
That’s it from me…let’s see what others have to say.