As of last week, we had 55 respondents to our poll on features content. Thanks for the responses!
Here are some of the highlights of the results:
1. The three most important topics to readers are: Features bloggers, features stories, and upcoming shows & concerts. This pretty much aligned with what we on the features team want to highlight in the redesign. It’s helpful to know that upcoming shows and concerts ranked so high — that’s something we’ll keep in mind as we move forward.
2. Coming in after these top 3 were restaurant reviews/news and comics/puzzles. You can currently find reviews here, and leave your own.
3. National celebrity news ranked last, and that’s understandable. You want local feature stories, and that’s what we aim to provide.
Some readers also left comments, and here are some we can help with:
- Some asked for local arts reporting: Please visit Mike Allen’s “Arts & Extras” blog, where he extends his arts coverage beyond what he writes for the paper. He also writes a weekly column for the Sunday Extra section that’s full of local arts news.
- For upcoming local music shows, visit music reporter Tad Dickens’ blog “Cut ‘n Scratch.” He’s constantly posting show news and updates throughout the week.
- It was also good to see several of you mention you like local news, traffic news, and hard news. That’s what we highlight on roanoke.com every day.
- Finally, for the person who said “I love it when the spotlight is on local musicians, crafters, or places, . . . . . things that make our region so unique and special!” — that is definitely our newsroom’s goal: to bring to light the stories that make our place in the world special.
So that leads me to the question: Share one story idea that you have for the features team. And if you’d like to vote in our features poll, please do so!