MEDIA: SocietyGuardian set for launch

Guardian Unlimited is expanding later this month with the launch of


Aimed at the public sector, it will run in tandem with the paper's

off-line Society section, carrying news and articles on charities, local

authorities and the health sector.

Executive editor Marianne Curphey, who has been working on the project

since May, said on-line interviews between users and industry figures

would also feature.

'They have worked very well on Money Unlimited,' she said. 'It may be

the only opportunity some people have to ask questions.'

Curphey was launch editor of Money Unlimited, the Guardian's personal

finance site, and remains editor there in addition to her new


Case studies highlighting best practice would be important for the new

site, she explained. 'We want to know about the work that people's

clients are doing,' she said.

The team comprises deputy editor Linda Steele, who specialises in social

care, health reporter Patrick Butler, charities reporter Nicola Hill and

Simon Parker, who handles local government. Sue Tollerfield is general

manager of the site.

Curphey said that the new site would act as a complement to the off-line

Society section. A planned e-mail service will add to the sense of

community, she added.

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