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Off the record: Out with the old, in with the new

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I’m the type of person who looks forward to the New Year because I like making lists and goals, usually of things that will never happen, but sometimes I get lucky. I’m also that person who looks forward to wrapping up a calendar year at work and beginning with a clean slate, new lists, new goals, new projects. 

Sounds fun, right? It is. Unless you work with me. 

Since you don’t – lucky you – get ready for new things from The Leader in 2014. We’re not shaking things up a lot, but we’ve added a few things that I thought were worth sharing. 

 

Restaurant reports return

Reader request has brought on the return of one of our most popular features from years ago, the restaurant report. Each month we’ll publish the scores for the previous month’s inspections (see the December 2013 report on today’s A3) and, unlike in the past, we’ll divulge a restaurant’s critical violations and their original score. 

Why are we doing this? Other than “it’s public record and we can,” it’s important to publish this information (and it’s required that inspection scores are posted in these facilities) because the public has the right to know what’s going on in the kitchen while they’re waiting for their food. Would you want to know if there were a spray bottle of Clorox hanging from the table where someone’s kneading dough for your biscuits? What about a dishwasher not sanitizing properly? Mold in the ice machine? Cooks not washing their hands? 

I want to know this information and it’s helpful for you to know, too. 

 

New magazines in the works

Last fall, our “Discover Faces & Places” magazine was a huge hit and this year we’ll grow our Discover brand from two magazines to four. Our annual Graduation and Football Preview sections will be converted to magazine format and we, as a staff, are incredibly excited about it.

Why should you care? Because glossy is beautiful, baby. 

Of course, being writers, we want you to hang on our every word and when those words are packaged in a visually appealing way, we know you’re likely to read a few more of them before you skip back to just looking at the pictures. 

Our graduation section will be called Class of 2014 and will feature stories from our archives about the 2013-14 school year, profiles on the four valedictorians, photos from graduation and more. It will be a keepsake piece for your graduates and we hope you’ll be just as thrilled as we are about it. (Parents, if you’d like to purchase an ad congratulating your child, you can do that.) 

The football preview has always been a big hit here in Tipton County and a magazine format will allow us to deliver one of our most-anticipated sections with new style and really kick our game up a notch. Look for this in mid-August. 

Thank you for supporting us in 2013. We hope to make 2014 a wonderful year and look forward to bringing you bigger and better things! 

 
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January 09, 2014 at 3:43pm
Thank you for the restaurant report section. This is great information for the public to know before one eats at their favorite restaurant in Tipton County.
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