March 31, 2003
The Dallas Morning News expands its Collin County Coverage with new, In-Depth Edition
Dallas, TX --The Dallas Morning News today launched a new Collin County edition that will provide residents with more timely, in-depth news coverage of their community than ever before. The Dallas Morning News Collin County Edition will provide readers with a seven-day-a-week newspaper with the latest deadlines that includes all of the great news and information they currently get in The Dallas Morning News, plus a significant increase in content of specific interest to Collin County readers.
Key changes will include the merging of Collin County news and information into the main sections of the paper; more than 40 reporters, editors and photographers assigned to cover Collin County, a substantial increase over past staffing levels; Collin County news highlights on the front page of Metropolitan and Sports Day; and design modifications making it faster and easier for readers to locate stories on a particular topic of interest.
The Dallas Morning News Collin County Edition will feature an expanded Metropolitan section. Readers will continue to receive all the stories included in the Dallas edition, plus Collin County-focused news. New Collin County Opinions, featuring editorials and readers' letters, will now appear every Wednesday through Sunday. Collin County advertisers, including local Classified advertisements, will also appear in the Metropolitan section.
The enhanced Collin County Sports Day section will feature expanded local high school coverage and complete coverage of the new Frisco RoughRiders baseball team. A focus on local adult and youth recreation activities will also be a part of the expanded coverage in the Collin County edition of Sports Day.
Collin County's extraordinary growth was one of the leading factors in the decision to develop a dedicated edition of the newspaper. "Our mission at The Dallas Morning News is to continue to be the leading source for news and information in the greater Dallas area," said Jim Moroney publisher and CEO of
The Dallas Morning News. "To support this mission, we are increasing our coverage to reflect the growing issues and complexity of Collin County, and the launch of this edition is an important step in this process."
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