The redesign includes the use of more color photos and graphics and more space between story elements that we hope will steer your eye to the different components of the page. We will also be adding a set of fonts to create continuity throughout the entire paper.
New section banners will be color coded and will provide referral lines to stories inside.
“Months of planning have gone into this redesign project, and it’s all geared toward making our newspaper more engaging, informative and enlightening to our readers,” said MDJ Managing Editor Billy Mitchell. “Our editors have put in many extra hours in planning this redesign, and their cooperative efforts in building a better newspaper are greatly appreciated.”
Graphics Editor Kayla Allen headed up the redesign team and was joined by: News Editor Jon Gillooly and Assistant News Editor Emily Boorstein; Sports Editor John Bednarowski and Assistant Sports Editor Eli Boorstein; Life & Style Editor Kathy Goldsberry; Editorial Page Editor Joe Kirby; Copy Desk Chief Margaret Chwat and Copy Editor Philip Clements; and Photo Chief Kelly J. Huff.
The redesign also coincides with the completion of the news staff.
Hilary Butschek, who joined the staff in May, and Ricky Leroux, who moved from the Copy Desk to news several weeks ago, were joined Tuesday by Aimee Sachs, who comes to the MDJ from The Ledger in Lakeland, Fla.
“This is the brightest young reporting team I’ve been associated with,” said Mitchell. “I look forward to them bringing more clarity and depth to our news reporting.”
Butschek is a graduate of Forsyth Central High School and the University of Georgia, where she served as Editor in Chief of the 10,000-circulation Red & Black student-run newspaper, supervising a staff of 11 editors and 70 writers. She also was an investigative reporter and desk editor for the newspaper before becoming Editor in Chief.
She has primarily covered Marietta city government since joining the MDJ in May.
Leroux is a graduate of Woodstock High School and the University of Georgia, where he earned a degree in journalism. Prior to joining the MDJ’s Copy Desk, he was an editorial and layout assistant for IBISWorld Inc. in Santa Monica, Calif., and did freelance work for the Athens Banner-Herald sports department.
He has primarily been covering Cobb government since moving to news.
Sachs grew up in Tallahassee and covered sports for the Tallahassee Democrat after graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in telecommunication. She covered cops and crime and sports for The Ledger in Lakeland. In addition to covering crime, she also covered the Detroit Tigers spring training camp in Lakeland.
Sachs has been assigned to cover the education beat for the MDJ.