We don't have the exact date yet, but sometime in early September, our format will change. Instead of displaying all posts together in one continuous news feed on the left side of the home page, posts will be placed in "panels" according to the content. The site will look very similar to Premier Media Group's newest website, Murrieta24/7.
Hard news stories will appear at the top of the page and will update with the most recent entries. If you click on the "news" heading, an archive of previous stories will also appear. The same will be true with sports, arts, and other sections.
There will also be separate sections for "advertorials" -- the paid advertorial supplements you now see on the main news feed -- and "sponsors" -- fliers posted advertising local businesses. The same will be true for our contests, such as Menifee Maze and Menifee Word Hunter. This way, the hard news will always display at the top of the home page, while the content for advertising and contests will have their own place further down the home page.
We will continue to post a link to each story on our Facebook page, bringing items to your immediate attention while sending you to the proper panel of the home page when you click on them.
This format change also will be helpful during the campaign season. Paid political advertisements will be posted in a separate panel from hard news, eliminating any confusion. In addition, we are introducing an "opinions" section, where readers can email us a "letter to the editor" on any topic without having to post a comment on a particular story.
Standing ads for local businesses still will display down the right side of the home page.
We thank our readers for your support and look forward to serving you even more efficiently. As soon as we have a definite launch date, we'll let you know.