By Charlene White, Kay Manning and James Janega
2:39 PM EDT, July 12, 2011
Inside your Chicagoland Health & Family section each Wednesday are entire pages devoted to health coverage and family news. The pages also include calendars of upcoming events themed around families or health.
The pages are among the 40-plus we've added each week to the Chicago Tribune to add depth and more focused coverage in areas where readers have expressed wider interest. Anybody who's had to compile and double-check a big table of listings like this (just imagine it) knows the amount of work that can go into it.
I asked section editor Kay Manning who picked the events that would go on the calendar, and how they found about them.
They're the work of editing assistants Helene Van Sickle in Westchester, Alena Scarver in Tinley Park and Charlene White downtown in the Tribune Tower, Kay said.
They take tips, look at press releases and scrounge through websites to find the items. Much of it is familiar territory that's more tightly organized now. But some of it is new.
"We’ve done health for quite a while, so hospitals, medical schools, universities, health departments, etc. send items," Kay said. "'Family' was new when the section launched in mid-June. Helene and Alena had enough items through all the stuff that comes into their respective bureaus, but Charlene had to dig a bit in the city."
To find events, Charlene says, "I look at press releases, faxes, websites, and hear about them by word-of-mouth."
The family calendar especially is new, Charlene adds, "so I’m still in the beginning stages of forming relationships and would love to increase that base."
-- Charlene White, Kay Manning and James Janega
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