Monterey Hearld Executive Editor Carolina Garcia (pictured) told readers in her column Sunday that her paper will remain locally focused despite its sale to Denver-based MediaNews headed by Dean Singleton. Singleton has been saying people are saturated with national and international news, and that newspapers need to emphasize local news if they are to succeed — and Garcia said she agrees. Garcia points out that in the first 28 days of April, 60 percent of the Hearld’s front page stories were locally produced as were two-thirds of its editorials. She says her goal is to have at least three local stories on page 1 each day. She also noted that editorial-page editor Royal Calkins, reporter Virginia Hennessey and photographer David Royal have been notified that they will receive awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
Monterey paper to keep local focus
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