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Letters From The Editor: Paper making some positive changes

Letters From The Editor

June 05, 2010|John Canalis

There's a lot going on at the Daily Pilot, and I want to let our readers in on some positive changes we're making.

Longtime columnist Greer Wylder, who left in January, has decided to return. Many readers likely recall "Greer's Best Buys," which featured tips on new store openings, sales and restaurant news.

Wylder has also built quite an empire around her popular website, Greer's OC, which focuses on fashion, dining, trends, events and philanthropy.

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She has a countywide audience but is based right here in Costa Mesa. We're glad to have her back at the Pilot.

Her new column, which will be named after her website, will launch on Thursday in our sister publication, the Huntington Beach Independent, and then appear on Friday in the Daily Pilot and Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot. Look for her in the Happenings sections of each paper and, of course, online.

Speaking of high-caliber writers, Amy Senk, who publishes a fine online newspaper, Corona del Mar Today, will soon be featured with a prominent link on the Daily Pilot website. She will begin contributing the content for a new Corona del Mar Today page that will appear in the Pilot's Sunday print edition. Look for her first column June 13.

Corona del Mar is one of our most important districts, and no one knows it — or covers it — as well as Senk.

New TCN websites

This brings me to the new Daily Pilot website, which is cleaner, sharper and easier to navigate than what we had. But I'm also not in the dark about the complaints dozens of readers have made about missing features, namely the comments feature, archives and calendars.

Things are going to get better. The site is still under construction, and we are working hard with the Los Angeles Times and Tribune Co. to restore the comments and story archives and create software for a great calendar. This is going to take a while, as we transfer data from the old site, which was run by a third party, to the new one, which is on a platform created by our parent company.

There is, however, a temporary fix available for those who want to comment and view at least recent archives. Much of the news copy from the Pilot, Independent and Coastline Pilot and Los Angeles Times Orange County appears on our news blog, TheOCNow.com. This site accepts comments and has archives of many of our stories. I encourage readers to bookmark OCNow and leave feedback there. We also encourage anyone who wants to comment to e-mail me a letter to the editor at john.canalis@latimes.com.

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