Welcome to the new Monticello Times
By Cory Hendrickson, Director of New Media
A little over a year ago, we launched an updated version of the Monticello Times. In that time, it appears that many of you have grown to appreciate the stories we bring you every day.
Today, I’m proud to bring you the next version of the Monticello Times. You’ll notice quite a few changes to the site. We hope you like using it more. The changes have been made in response to feedback from the community. A couple of the highlights:
- The new version takes advantage of HTML 5 to bring you the same stories in a friendly format whether you visit us from your computer browser, iPad or mobile phone. A year ago, mobile browsing was nice. Today, it’s a necessity.
- Stories are bigger and easier to read. Whatever way you slice it, we’re not confined by the space of a sheet of paper in the online world. We made the fonts bigger, the pictures bigger, and the spacing bigger. No more eye strain.
- Full coverage on the home page. You’ll now see every new story we post on the home page rather than a selection of what we think you’ll be interested in. We cover a lot. Rather than try and decide what fits your interest, we’re happy to bring it all to you in a quick and easy to scan format. Maybe you’ll find something you didn’t know we covered.
- New comments. We really like the features Disqus offers. It allows you to have a single account that works on more news sites across the country. Plus, the ability to log in using other authentication methods (Facebook included), makes it the easiest to start using.
Change is always hard. You’ve grown accustomed to seeing our stories arranged in a certain way. I expect it to take a day or two before you get used to the new design. But I hope you’ll find the new layout easier to use in the long run.
In the meantime, we’d love to hear your thoughts on what we’re missing. There are new features we’re planning to get to you as the months move on. In the meantime, tell us what you’d like to see (firstname.lastname@example.org). Or if you really want to let me know personally, email@example.com.
Finally, we don’t often get the chance to thank you for your readership. We love bringing you the news, and we’ll continue to work on ways to better connect each and every one of you with the community.