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Platform: Web, print get equal weight

Langston Taylor is a junior from Silver Spring, Md., who loves the DTH, pop-rap playlists and underachieving sports teams.

Langston Taylor is a junior from Silver Spring, Md., who loves the DTH, pop-rap playlists and underachieving sports teams.

1. Create equal print and online managing editor positions.

The Daily Tar Heel must begin to produce stories for the web with the same forethought it does for its daily paper. Next year, equivalent print and online managing editors will direct and plan content for each platform.

This will allow each managing editor to focus on planning long-term projects for each product. Web projects will incorporate videos, photos and interactive graphics. The print managing editor will work with designers to arrange eye-catching stories on the front page and make decisions for the rest of the paper.

2. Integrate investigations into daily coverage, with more specific design and more resources.

Continuing the heralded work of our investigations team is crucial to the mission of the DTH. Rather than being fit into themed print issues, investigative projects will be part of daily news coverage, with specific print and online designs that emphasize our best work. New staffers will, at times, work under senior writers on comprehensive projects.

3. Improve coverage of diverse populations.

Diversifying the DTH has been considered important, yet a general whiteness of newsroom management persists. Each writing desk will be required to add a new staffer who has experience writing for publications for racial or sexual minorities or blogging about racism, sexism or related issues. The editor will work with the newsroom adviser to organize more workshops that help teach how to cover historically oppressed communities. Applications for all new staff positions will be name-blind.

The editor will organize a monthly meeting with editors, students not involved in the organization and faculty to discuss how historically disadvantaged groups are covered by the DTH and journalists worldwide.

4. Allow more integrated advertising.

The editor will ensure both the editorial and advertising staff are aware of print products such as the Homecoming Issue, Housing Guide and March Madness Issue in advance so they can find sponsors or come up with creative ads. However, the editor will not communicate detailed content plans in advance, so the newsroom keeps editorial control.

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