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Features

A new way to get events published in The Herald-News

Denise M. Baran-Unland, features editor
Denise M. Baran-Unland, features editor

Life would be boring if nothing changed.

And yet, lots of times, the things that change are not the things we want to change.

For the last five years, as features editor for The Herald-News, I have published the events readers submitted to The Herald-News in various event calendars.

We’re still planning to run event calendars in The Herald-News. But the process for submitting those events is now different.

Starting now, readers will submit their events for the calendar at this link: theherald-news.com/events.

You will have to make an account first and then follow the prompts for typing in the event.

Events that run in print will come from this list. If you haven’t listed the event online, it likely won’t appear in the print version of The Herald-News, either.

For those of you who are not technology savvy, I hear you. As I like to quip in office, “I grew up with rotary phones and typed term papers on manual typewriters.”

But I have also learned to use computers, smartphones and social media. I’ve learned new software. And I’m very gradually and slowly learning to use a new a new program.

Is it a stretch? Yes. Is it comfortable teaching me new tricks? Um, not all the time (especially for the teacher).

But you know what? As a music lover, I’ve gone from record players to cassette players to CD players to MP3 and MP4 players and now I listen to music on my phone. And I shake my head at those who prefer vinyl (good-bye skips, scratches and warps).

I’m certain once we master the new process of entering events, we’ll like the new way better, too.

But I do understand learning a new process can take time. Especially for those of us who did not grow up with technology like our kids (and grandkids) did.

So you’re having trouble accessing the above link, please reach out to me at 815-280-4122 or dunland@shawmedia.com. I can help you walk through it.

And you may still send your events to me as story pitches or as items I can, perhaps, run in the Will County Go Guide (subscribe to the Go Guide at bit.ly/3272xya).

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