Posted May 15, 2012 | comments Leave a comment

What's happening now?

By Linda Ash - lash@nvdaily.com

More changes are afoot here at the Daily.

We went "digital first" on April 10 and I'm happy to report that our world here did not fall apart. Digital first is an initiative that some newspapers have adopted in order to provide timely delivery of local news to online readers. In order to accomplish this at the Daily, we switched the way our reporters filed their stories. Now stories are added to our online publishing system where they are edited and then most are posted online immediately. Reporters can update or add to the online story and their final story version is then added to our print publishing system for the next day's paper.

Our goal is to provide timely information to all of our readers as we evolve into a news and information company that delivers news to you in your preferred format - print, online, email or mobile.

The next step in reorganizing our newsroom took place on Monday. Instead of covering local news by county and then by topic, our reporters have been assigned specific topics to cover.

The new beats are:

Crime, Fire & Rescue and Courts: Senior reporter Joe Beck is our new public safety and courts reporter. He will be keeping you informed about crime and justice in the valley from his daily calls to area police agencies and visits to area courthouses. Contact him at jbeck@nvdaily.com

Government: Senior reporter Alex Bridges will be keeping an eye on local government happenings in Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren counties. He also will be looking at regional issues that impact our local governments. Contact him at abridges@nvdaily.com

Business, Agriculture, Tourism, Transportation and Environment: Senior reporter Sally Voth will be developing stories to enhance our business coverage, which includes two important industries in our area - agriculture and tourism. She also will be taking a regional look at transportation and environmental issues. Contact her at svoth@nvdaily.com

Education, Health and Religion: Reporter Kim Walter is our mind, body and soul beat reporter. She will be reporting on local public and private schools and colleges. She also will be filing stories about healthy living and health issues and will be writing about local religious news. Contact her at kwalter@nvdaily.com

Entertainment and Lifestyle: Community engagement editor Josette Keelor is in charge of our Valley Scene, Features and Entertainment sections. She pulls reader stories, events and photos sent in to our Virtual Newsroom online from our readers for posting online and in the Columns and Notes section in the print edition of the Daily. She also writes features and reviews for these sections. Contact her at jkeelor@nvdaily.com

Sports and Recreation: Sports editor Jeff Nations and sports writer Tommy Keeler will continue to cover high school and college sports in Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick counties. I've also asked them to expand coverage to include recreational sports and activities (biking, hiking, kayaking, stock car racing, climbing etc.) Contact Nations at jnations@nvdaily.com and Keeler at tkeeler@nvdaily.com

State politics: Region editor Jeb Inge will be launching a new blog this week called "Virginia is for Politics." He will be keeping our online readers up to date on the latest happenings in state politics. Contact him at jinge@nvdaily.com His blog can be found at www.nvdaily.com/vip

If you have a news tip, please contact our reporters by email or at our office at 540-465-5137.

Linda Ash is editor of the Northern Virginia Daily. Email her at lash@nvdaily.com

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