Missoula Independent Announces Editorial Staff Changes, Website Redesign

october 1, 2012  12:00 pm
Missoula Independent Announces Editorial Staff Changes, Website Redesign
Last week's issue marked the 21st anniversary of the Missoula Independent, and the stories therein noted more than a few changes at the paper over the years. Keeping with that theme, we have a few recent changes to announce.

Skylar Browning has been named executive editor for Independent Publishing. He takes over as editor for the Indy following the departure of Robert Meyerowitz, who recently resigned to focus on his own writing projects.

Skylar first joined the Independent as arts editor in 2005 before becoming editor-in-chief in 2008. He's spent the last two years as a contributing editor for the paper and, more recently, as editor of Montana Headwall. In his new role as executive editor, Skylar will work on both the Indy and Headwall, and both associated websites.

Photo editor Chad Harder has also rejoined the paper and Montana Headwall. Harder started with the Indy in 1999.

"Missoula and the Indy are fortunate to have such an experienced newsroom covering the community," says publisher Lynne Foland. "We're thrilled to have Skylar back in the newsroom working with award-winning journalists like Jessica Mayrer, Matthew Frank, Erika Fredrickson, Alex Sakariassen and Chad."

The Independent is also proud to announce one other major change that you may have already noticed: a complete redesign of missoulanews.com. Our new site will continue to deliver the same great content, but with a dynamic new look. Features include a revamped Events Calendar with streamlined search capabilities, daily Spotlight suggestions and the ability for local promoters and nonprofits to upload their event information--and photos--directly to our site. It's also easier to find our ongoing promotions, free classifieds listings and special issues. The redesign launch works in conjunction with the Indy's new-look mobile site, which has quick links to daily blog posts, restaurant listings, movie times and other vital content.

Lynne Foland, lfoland@missoulanews.com
Skylar Browning, sbrowning@missoulanews.com
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