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redesign

Al Jazeera English has redesigned its website for the first time since 2006. The Next Web remarked that it was time for a makeover of the English site, as the corporation's Arabic counterpart was redesigned 3 times in the last 4 years. The only major structural change that were made to Al Jazeera's English website was an addition of a blog site in 2009.

The sleeker design includes bigger text, better branding and colors, and more white space. The layout is simpler and emphasizes the headlines and the of media tools used. The new toolbar focuses on Al Jazeera's blogs, videos, and "InDepth" analysis of current stories. Sharing content is easier now that Al Jazeera has incorporated a "share article" link along with adding Facebook and Twitter links on its homepage.

Author

Stefanie Chernow

Date

2010-09-01 09:03

When Patch announced it was expanding its series of hyperlocal websites, the benefits seemed obvious. The business model could continue to engage local communities while taking in revenue on a national scale. Patch is currently the largest employer of journalists in the US, so has been well received in the industry. Yet some might have been excessively enthusiastic about the perks of Patch while overlooking some of the drawbacks. The Columbia Journalism Review provided a critical analysis on Patch's new design.

While Patch is praised for its design appeal, CJR criticizes the organizational structure of the updated site. "Under the old design, the News and Announcement items were in separate columns. Practical, if a bit clunky-looking," writes Lauren Kirchner. "As of Wednesday,(sic) all Patch sites are rumored to have their News and Announcements combined into one section. Announcements will have bylines, just like the other articles written by Patch editors and paid writers." This lack of organization makes it difficult to discern the difference between citizen journalists and professionals.

Author

Stefanie Chernow

Date

2010-08-25 18:27

After struggling for the better part of 2010, France's newspaper France-Soir is aggressively taking action to be perceived as a credible source of news. In an interview with Alexandre Pugachev, the owner of the publication, he commented to Le Figaro on his vision to give France-Soir a new voice by increasing its journalistic standards.

The new makeover required that Pugachev relieve Christian de Villeneuve of his position of editor-in-chief at France-Soir. Villeneuve previously worked at the Parisian and the Journal du Dimanche, and apparently his vision for France-Soir was clouded by his previous employments, according to the interview in Le Figaro. For Pugachev, France-Soir was merely an imitation of other newspapers and did not have its own personality, which caused the tabloid-like paper to lose its credibility. Villeneuve was dismissed only after 5 months of employment.

Author

Stefanie Chernow

Date

2010-08-25 15:40

Coffee shops and newspapers just go together. Thus it is good news that Starbucks is creating a hyper-local niche on a national scale. Starbucks is switching from its paid Wi-Fi model to opening free internet access across the United States. The new website is planed to debut this fall.

The coffee shop is working with Yahoo Inc. to create the new website design which consists of six free channels: news, entertainment, wellness, business, career, and my neighborhood, Starbucks. The my neighborhood category is composed of hyper-local news which is based on the location of the specific Starbucks.

Author

Stefanie Chernow

Date

2010-08-17 12:36

Recent reports from web metrics company Alexia show that traffic is down 10.6 percent on the BBC News website. However, according to website editor Steve Herrmann, "Reverting to the old design is not something we're considering."

Some of the features repeatedly reported as annoying include the increased need to scroll, the double menu bar (although a carryover from the previous version), the abundance of white space, and most notably: the idea of change in itself!

According to a comment by one viewer, "if it ain't broke don't fix it". Another explains the general feeling more exquisitely: "it's like going to your usual supermarket to find they've rearranged all the shelves & you can't find anything." (sic)

Some users however agree that the change was due coming and everyone will be fine once they can adjust to the new look.

In replying to comments received since the launch of the new design, Hermann assured users that reviews and changes would be made and admitted to "a few things not yet working exactly the way they should be."

Author

Dawn Osakue

Date

2010-07-22 19:34

The BBC launched its new news website yesterday: the biggest redesign of the site since 2003. As well as navigational and layout changes, improved video and sharing capabilities, the BBC has created a new North American edition of the site, BBC.com (as opposed to BBC.co.uk.)

A new dedicated website team based in the BBC's Washington DC office will be "making sure that a new, North America edition front page reflects the stories, themes and issues which matter most to our users in the US and Canada," according to an article by the news website editor Steve Herrmann and the editor of the North America edition Matt Davis.

The editors promise "fast and comprehensive coverage of major stories affecting North America," citing the new US online news team's coverage of the sacking of General Stanley McChrystal as an example. New editorial features include Global Views, a series exploring America's relationship with the world, a new blog called American Frei by Matt Frei, and a video blog by World News America's Franz Strasser on immigration in the US.

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Emma Goodman

Date

2010-07-15 12:25

The BBC is about to redesign its news website, according to the site's editor Steve Herrmann in a blog post. "We have focused on design and navigation, looking to see how we can make all the existing content we produce each day easier for you to find, use and share," he wrote. It is the biggest redesign of the site since 2003.

The BBC asked users about how they use the site and decided on areas to improve, such as indicating which are the newest stories on the homepage by flagging them with a 'New' badge. There will also be more space for the main stories of the day On story pages, it will be more clearly indicated what other latest top news there is. Local UK news will be easier to find, and video features will be more accessible with a bigger video player and better quality video, placed at the top of the front page. It will also be easier to quickly share stories on Facebook and Twitter.

A North American edition of the site will also be launched, appearing automatically for those users in the US or Canada. The editorial team in the BBC's DC office will tailor the front page for that region, but the edition will continue to contain existing content.

Herrmann also explained that the BBC has completely rebuilt its content production system to make it easier to use, quicker and more flexible.

Author

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Emma Goodman

Date

2010-07-08 19:39

ProPublica, leader in the US nonprofit investigative journalism field, has launched a newly redesigned website. "We've tried to take everything we've learned, and everything we've added, and put it together into one nice, clean site," wrote Scott Klein, editor of news applications, in an article on the site.

New elements include a 'story so far' section for each investigation, which summarises the reporting that has been done so far to put the investigation in context for new readers, and a feature inspired by Google's Living Stories that allows readers to more easily see what articles within an investigation that they have or haven't read.

The new site also includes all elements of a story on a single page, regardless of whether it is text or multimedia. "The pages now have interactive boxes at the top that can pull in live data from our news applications; below that there's a running river of stories," wrote Klein. ProPublica's 'Tools & Data,' such as the recovery tracker, or the stimulus speed chart, are all gathered on one page, along with selected interactive news applications.

Author

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Emma Goodman

Date

2010-07-01 13:42

Google's latest move in its ongoing campaign to "save the newspaper industry" is the addition of a sophisticated personalization system across all its Google News sites. As the NYT's Nick Bilton explains, "What if you woke up every morning to find a customized newspaper on your doorstep?" The system, called "News for you", offers a stream of local, customized and socially edited content. Google's announcement follows a series of free, powerful, new features that the company has been adding to Google News over the last two years. Past upgrades included the ability to digitally flip swiftly through articles from different sources and a quadrupling of its archive of historic news. See the end of this article for a video walk-through of the "News for You" feature-set.
Google's announcement included the following breakdown of system featues:

Author

Colin Heilbut

Date

2010-07-01 12:55

The Manchester Evening News Web site and its associated weekly newspapers unveiled a fresh new look with "bigger pictures, brighter features and greater reader interaction" on Monday, the newspaper announced.

The newly designed site has been moved to a new URL, www.menmedia.co.uk, in an effort to increase the visibility of its content from all its 17 titles on search engines, and to establish itself at par with its sister weeklies, HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk reported.

For more on this story please see our sister publication www.sfnblog.com

Author

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Emma Goodman

Date

2010-05-20 10:49

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