If you hover on the Living tab on roanoke.com, you’ll see that one of the secondary topics says CornerShot.
It is one of the most popular features in the paper, yet takes up a small amount of space.
Founded in 2005 by the features team, the CornerShot was meant to be a “bright” — a place to tell short, quirky stories about life. It always ran in the bottom corner of the Extra section front, hence the name.
It has evolved over time. The original ‘Shots were more like little news briefs. But then they started becoming more poetic and personal — poignant observations on the changing of the season or on kids being kids.
A few years ago, we started accepting submissions from readers and have been grateful for the contributions. These little pieces have covered the gamut from recognizing a good Samaritan’s deeds to a funny conversation between two old friends out on a hunt.
Recently, we heard that some people play the CornerShot game. They cover the byline with their thumbs and try to guess who wrote the piece after reading it. Reporters like to complain (with a smile) that they hear more from readers about their CornerShots than they do on their stories.
In the recent redesign of roanoke.com, you have better access to the CornerShots, which usually run 6 days a week. If you care to submit one yourself, email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep your piece to 200 words or fewer, and please, no poetry. We may edit the piece before publication.
– Kathy Lu, features editor