Monday, April 11, 2011

SOUNDOFF UPGRADE: Check out our first Soundoff Live Chat tomorrow

Print readers of the New Haven Register know what SOUNDOFF is. In fact, it's probably one of our most consistently read features in the paper.

Basically, we ask a topical question in the paper and readers call in with their comments on the topic, and we run a selection of those comments in the following day's paper.

But the problem is, we're just giving you a little space to vent, to holler, and to praise. And we mold the results into something interesting for our readers. But is it engaging? Is there a real payoff for those sounding off? Are prayers answered? Are your questions being directed to the right people?

With these questions in mind, we decided it's time for an upgrade to Soundoff.

We are expanding the Soundoff idea to include a regular feature where we flip the tables around. Instead of asking our readers to call us and tell us what they think, we're going out into the community and bringing along a guest for you to direct your questions at. We want this to be an engaging and interactive community experience. We want your questions to be answered. It's like a Town Hall meeting -- but those who can't attend, can watch online and submit questions from their computer too. We want everyone to have the opportunity to be able to participate.

But don't worry Soundoff lovers, the original print column remains intact. This is just another way for us to turn up the volume on those wanting to make some noise in their community. Soundoff right here on my blog what you think about this.

Check out all the details here.

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