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Three religion reporters leave dailies, but the job isn’t vanishing

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch religion reporter Tim Townsend is leaving the paper for the Pew Research Center. He’s the third religion reporter at a daily to leave in recent weeks: Ann Rodgers is leaving the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to become the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh’s communications director, and Tennessean religion reporter Bob Smietana is heading to Christian publisher Lifeway.

“In journalism, we all know that three examples make a trend,” Bobby Ross Jr. writes, wondering “why no one wants to cover the religion beat anymore.” That may be overstating the case a bit, he allows. Read more

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OC Register, investing heavily in print, also readies paywall

News & Tech | Nieman
The Orange County Register is preparing to launch a metered paywall this year, News & Tech reports. New Register owner Aaron Kushner has made no secret of his plans to charge for online access to the paper, but stories about his stewardship so far have focused mostly on his “print-first” strategy — adding journalists, print editions and forging closer ties between community organizations and the printed newspaper.

To make money on those investments in an age of declining print advertising, Kushner needs to bring in more money from circulation, Ken Doctor wrote last week. The Register, he said, has to install a gate to retain readers who may balk at increased subscription prices:

Once [the price of a print sub] goes up, the Register’s subscribers will no longer have the choice of dropping their subscriptions in favor of free digital. That loophole will be closed — and that supports the higher prices.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette launches redesign after months of beta testing

Post-Gazette | Brian Rossi
A clean, bright, color-coded design for post-gazette.com was tested and honed over months of beta testing and public feedback, and on Tuesday it became official. What did the paper learn from its testing period?

Web designers listened to readers, who asked to see breaking news updates in chronological order. Reader requests for adjustment to type sizes, and easier navigation to classified listings and other PG products, including the PG electronic editions and PG+, the premium sports website, also were incorporated into the new design.

The P-G’s lead designer, Brian Rossi, blogs about the experience. Read more

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Beta testing, user feedback improve Post-Gazette’s website redesign

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is behaving like a technology startup as it rebuilds its website for the first time in years.

The company is leaning on scientific research, data-driven decision making and public beta testing to produce a new online home that satisfies users and meets the paper’s goals. What does that look like, exactly?

I talked with Pat Scanlon, director of digital strategy and business development, about how it works and the lessons to be learned.

The beta version of ppgnow.com, open for testing.

Scanlon explained that in the alpha stage — early testing during development — the Post-Gazette formed diverse focus groups of five users each. Staff observed how the users tried to interact with the new site and used eye-tracking technology to map where they focused on pages. It assigned users specific tasks, like “find classifieds” or “find where you could advertise on our site,” and tracked how many steps it took them to get there. Read more

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