Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Hope for the Glendale News-Press

A few weeks ago, I gave some ideas on how to improve the sorry state of Glendale's tiny daily newspaper (now a part of the L.A. Times' handful of community papers), the Glendale News-Press.

Now, the News-Press has found a new editor, and he sounds promising.

The paper announced on Tuesday that Dan Evans -- most recently the online news editor for the Hollywood Reporter -- will take over as editorial director of the News-Press, Burbank Leader, Crescenta Valley Sun and La CaƱada Valley Sun on April 1.

Evans' resume also includes stints as a reporter for the now-defunct Our Times weekly newspaper in Ontario, as well as the San Francisco Examiner. He also spent time at the Los Angeles Daily Journal and as a senior investigator for the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission.

From the paper:

For his part, Evans said he had plans to increase the functionality of the papers’ websites and expand their presence through blogs and accounts on Facebook and Twitter as newspapers everywhere struggle to remain relevant amid declining subscriptions.

Interest in hyper-local media has been one of the few bright spots for the Times, and Evans said moving the News-Press and its sister papers into the digital era would only grow their readership.

As I wrote, that's been one of the News-Press' biggest weak spots: The paper rarely updates its website, even when breaking news should warrant it. And there's very little local outreach -- no interactivity, no blogs, no real useful tools. It's a real waste of space right now; hopefully Evans can change that.

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