As our audience continues to grow, The Connecticut News Project, Inc. today welcomes two new digital publications — Trend CT, which will focus on public-interest data, and CT Viewpoints, an opinion forum.
The new sites will work in concert with The Mirror, sharing its mission of explaining complex public issues in the interest of a more informed Connecticut.
Each morning, readers can access new stories from Trend CT and CT Viewpoints through our morning newsletter, which is free to our entire audience. Both digital publications also will be distributed heavily through our social media streams. Follow both on Twitter — @TrendCT and @CTViewpoints — and like either on Facebook (Trend, Viewpoints).
The Mirror homepage will also provide links to content from our new publications, replacing the “Briefs” section, which used to include the links to our op-ed pieces.
One of the main reasons we are launching CT Viewpoints is that the number of opinion pieces submitted to The Connecticut Mirror by public officials, advocacy groups and interested citizens has grown rapidly over the last two years.
To make submissions easy, CT Viewpoints provides an intuitive form that can be found by simply clicking the button in the top left-hand corner of the site. Writers will also be encouraged to submit photos to accompany their pieces, in addition to contact information and social media handles.
If you feel more comfortable submitting via e-mail to our Assistant Editor Paul Stern, you can still do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also thank the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for its support in launching an invaluable data publication and resource like Trend CT. It’s the first of its kind in Connecticut, and we anticipate readers will look at the state differently each day. Senior Data Editor Alvin Chang and new Data Editor Andrew Tran will oversee day-to-day operations for this publication. Please feel free to reach out to them with your thoughts, submissions or questions.
If you are a business or organization, please consider sponsoring either digital publication or future events that we have planned, including hackathons later in the year. Additional support is always welcome. Please feel free to contact Publisher/CEO Brett Orzechowski with any inquiries or ideas.
Our Mirror family is growing but our organization’s mission remains the same — to engage all Connecticut residents in the civic life of the state. As always, we thank you for your support.
Brett Orzechowski, Publisher
The Connecticut Mirror / The Connecticut News Project