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Editorial: More than just where you get your news

Dear reader:

It’s been a few months since we last spoke to you about the new spotlightnews.com.

In that time, we’ve experimented with new features, learned some lessons and taken plenty of feedback from users.

We’ve also come to realize that, more often than not, when someone has trouble or a gripe with the website, it’s a simple matter of pointing them in the right direction, not taking note of something that isn’t there. It’s with that in mind we bring you this short update on the new spotlightnews.com. With all its functionality it can be — and for many, it already is — a powerful tool for you and your community.

Make yourself comfortable

One of the greatest things about the world of journalism in this day and age is that the conversation we have with our readers is no longer one sided.

We’re taking things to the next level in this respect. While our old platform allowed anyone to make comments, our new Internet presence unveils a whole new set of conversational tools.

It all starts with you signing up as a user of spotlightnews.com. All you need is a valid email address.

From there, you’ll notice a “profile” tab on the menu bar. This is your launchpad to the online community, and you can share as much or as little information about yourself as you please under the “profile” tab, including uploading a picture.

Reader poll

Where do you get the majority of your news?

  • Print newspapers. 30%
  • Online news outlets. 60%
  • Television. 10%
  • Radio. 0%
  • Social media. 0%

10 total votes.

Now, you don’t have to give your real name, but if you’d prefer to be yourself, we’ll be happy to verify your identity when you adjust your “anonymity” settings, and display your given name rather than your user handle.

From there, the world’s your oyster. You can comment on nearly every type of content on our site — not just what we decide should be discussion topics — and interact with other users. You can also “follow” other users to easily see what they’re up to, send private messages to one another and more. If you have something to say at length, we’d even be happy to talk to you about setting up your own blog.

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