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The Herald & Review newsroom is building its list of goals for 2018. 

As we come to the final months of 2017, this is a good time to take stock of accomplishments and challenges ahead.

Our newsroom staff recently began thinking about what we hope to achieve in the new year. Our discussions started with broad concepts — topics we would like to cover, areas of focus we should expand or tweak, what we can do next to keep increasing our audience. We also talked about workplace topics familiar to any business — schedules, workflow and how to keep the work-life balance in check.

We are, after all, a business. And like any business out there, ours has to evolve to survive. We've done that again and again over the years, and our work today is seen by many thousands of readers every day on print, digital and social media platforms – and that readership is growing and growing. 

We all know change is constant. If you’re not evolving, you’re falling behind. Sure, the road is sometimes bumpy. The pace can be intense.

But I'm proud to have a staff excited about trying new things and eager to create memorable journalism — and to each day do the trade we love. It is a privilege.

Which brings me to you. I need your advice about what we should focus on in 2018. 

What are we missing? What should we be covering but aren’t? What should we do differently? 

These are important questions as we chart our path forward. 

We'll build off this input, as well as feedback gathered through our various reader events, to craft our newsroom goals for the next year.

I'm eager to hear from you. I’m at (217) 421-8905 and ccoates@herald-review.com.

While we're on the topic, I'm also looking for input about two other projects on the horizon.

The first is for an upcoming series we're planning that counts down the top 10 Decatur-area stories of 2017. Our goal is to look back at the significant local developments and issues, ending with our Newsmaker of the Year — the person who had the biggest impact on the past 12 months.

So, what are the stories that stick out this year? What should be our 1-10? 

On the second point, we're also searching for community columnists interested in writing about issues relevant to our readers. This is an unpaid writing opportunity, and we’re seeking a variety of voices to feature on our Dialogue page and at herald-review.com/opinion.

Topics are submitted to editors for approval and have to follow certain guidelines. Reach out to Tim Cain, our audience engagement editor, at (217) 421-6908 and tcain@herald-review.com for more details.

Thanks for reading.

Chris Coates is executive editor of the Herald & Review and herald-review.com. Reach him at (217) 421-8905, ccoates@herald-review.com or @ByChrisCoates on Twitter


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