Ask the Editor: What are Impacts, and how do we find them?

I often hear from readers and sources that their favorite section of the paper is Impacts, where we list new businesses, future openings, anniversaries, expansions, closings and more.

The section is a valuable resource to readers that merits the many hours it takes to compile the listings each month.

Sometimes we learn about Impacts through press releases, but often the information is uncovered during regular market drives while scouring for “Coming Soon” signs—prompting us to ask construction workers what they’re building.

Once we confirm the name of the business, its address, the phone number and other information, we publish it online. Since we have several businesses opening, coming soon or closing, Impacts are intended to be short and not in a long-story format.

Most of the Impacts we publish online also make it into our print edition (see Pages 4-5) where we also map each Impact.

To view the most recent impacts, readers can visit communityimpact.com/local-news.
By Sherelle Black
Sherelle joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2014 as a reporter for the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. She was promoted in 2015 to editor of the GCS edition. In August 2017, Sherelle became the editor of the Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. Sherelle covers transportation, economic development, education and features.


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