Hot off the presses: a freshened-up IBJ

You’re holding in your hands a redesigned IBJ with a cleaner, more modern style and a host of new features we hope will make the publication an even more indispensable part of your weekly routine.

A rundown of what’s new:

◗ A snappy Q&A inside the front cover spotlighting a range of interesting central Indiana residents, from top executives to frontline workers. We’ll feature entrepreneurs, chefs, designers, community leaders, athletes and more.

◗ A workplace-advice column from a rotating cast of writers who are specialists in negotiating, human resources, women in business, workplace culture and more. The column will have practical advice for workers, managers and entrepreneurs: How do you negotiate a raise? How do you get along with a difficult co-worker? What’s the etiquette of music in the office? How do you please a demanding boss? How do you manage an employee who lacks self-confidence? This always will be toward the front of the paper.

◗ Memory Bank, a weekly historical-photo feature, with images provided by the Indiana Historical Society. These will be mostly business-related photos featuring retailers, streetscapes, manufacturers and more. Each photo will include an extended caption putting the moment in context. This also will run toward the front of the paper.

◗ An expanded stocks page with prices for all publicly traded companies in Indiana, as well as graphics showing how the performance of Hoosier stocks stacks up against the overall market. Each week, we’ll also throw the spotlight on a different Indiana stock, assessing that company’s performance and growth strategy.

◗ Upgraded Top 25 lists with graphics and pullouts that provide context and perspective. A ranking of largest companies in an industry, for instance, might highlight the average tenure of the CEOs or how many are women.

◗ Explore, a page inside the back cover that will replace our long-standing A&E, etc. section. In Explore, IBJ will continue to provide coverage of the arts, dining and sports. But the new page will incorporate features on a broader range of activities and experiences. Check out this week’s feature on themed trivia nights at bars and restaurants for a taste of what’s to come.

We’ve also revamped reporter beats to put more emphasis on politics, government and the economy. The changes will allow us to devote greater resources to covering challenges and opportunities facing our region while continuing in-depth coverage of technology, health care, real estate and other key industries. You’ll find a list of reporters and their beats on page 8; we’ll be adding a reporter soon to cover North of 96th (Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield and Zionsville) and media & marketing.

I’m pleased to report that next week we will roll out a second monthly edition of Forefront, our supplement featuring columns from local and national opinion leaders on policy, politics and government. (The existing Forefront runs the second issue of the month. The new one will run the fourth.) We’re excited about the lineup of writers we’ve assembled for the new edition. Please check it out.

We hope you like the freshened-up IBJ, both the new content and the features we’ve maintained. I welcome your feedback at the email address below. And thanks for reading IBJ.•

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