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NBC News engagement up since site relaunch despite reader complaints

When NBC News relaunched its website just in time for the Winter Olympics, reaction was fierce on social media and in comments at Poynter. (Facebook commenters have even been pushing a petition at Change.org.)

Much of the criticism has focused on how the new image-heavy design makes it more difficult to quickly find the most important news. As one Poynter commenter put it:

The appeal for me has always been organized categories with lots of headlines, but I guess reading text is second-rate these days. Big pictures, big boxes… let the fifth-graders revel in it.

About a month into the relaunch, I asked Gregory Gittrich, executive editor of NBCNews.com, to respond to the criticism and give Poynter an update on how the audience has reacted.… Read more

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Time.com website redesign: ‘There’s a lot of text, and that’s intentional’

As Time.com‘s Managing Editor Edward Felsenthal, and Daniel Bernard, head of product, prepared to preview the newly redesigned Time.com for me, I expected one of two types of popular overhauls: a spacious, minimalist approach a la NPR, or a grid-based explosion of images a la NBC News and Bloomberg View.

But Felsenthal and Bernard emphasized neither of the two buzzwords I expected: “visual” and “white space.” Instead, the site in its second major redesign in 18 months unabashedly embraces density — text-based density!

“I think the homepage draws on visuals, which of course have always been a part of Time’s history,” Felsenthal said. “But it’s pretty dense, there’s a lot of text, and that’s intentional.”

That doesn’t mean the site is cluttered or overwhelming, just that it isn’t afraid to present visitors with lots of choices.… Read more

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Bloomberg View: latest mobile-first site to embrace the grid, shun visual hierarchy

Bloomberg View, no longer just an opinion vertical at bloomberg.com, has launched a standalone, image-heavy website, which publisher Tim O’Brien told Capital New York is “a departure for Bloomberg.”

But the startling new emphasis on visuals borders on overkill. Here’s how Nieman Lab’s Joshua Benton put it:

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New York Times website redesign: the desktop strikes back and other observations

Three instant reactions to the new New York Times website, which went live this morning:

The Gray Lady online: less blue, more white

That each Times headline used to be blue seemed to be less an aesthetic choice than an antiquated signal to users that yes, indeed, you can click on these. Now, those headlines are black, going a long way toward cleaning up the design and making the Gray Lady less blue (minus the blinding Dell ads on the homepage this morning, of course):

Meanwhile, we’ve seen glimpses into the newspaper’s article-level white space goals for months now, and in practice it’s a beautiful change that allows stories to breathe — and for comments to expand onto the page next to the story whenever you choose.… Read more

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New York Times website redesign coming Jan. 8

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It’s finally happening: The New York Times redesign arrives next week, the newspaper reports.… Read more

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Students at the University of Cincinnati talk on their phones in this April 2006 photo. Campus news sites are seeing their audiences migrate to mobile devices. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

College websites seeing mobile migration, but not all are ready

Website traffic at the University of Oregon’s Daily Emerald was less than 1 percent mobile in 2010. This year, it’s 39 percent and growing. And while visits on desktops have more than doubled to 951,000 since 2010, mobile visits have risen from about 2,700 to 619,000 — nearly 23,000 percent — in that time. (Statistics cover Jan. 1 through Oct. 31 of each year.)

“I told our students that I think next year we will be majority mobile and the news editor asked me: ‘What does that mean for us?’ ” Ryan Frank, Emerald Media Group publisher, said in a phone interview. “It means we’re no longer digital-first — we’re mobile-first.”

It’s a similar story at Ohio State University where I serve as student media director and oversee The Lantern Media Group.… Read more

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The New Republic’s NYT package: A good read, despite those footnotes

New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson pooh-poohs Politico’s “scooplets” (“interesting in the moment but somewhat evanescent in their importance”) and praises some of its staff (“I think they have some excellent reporters”). Tina Brown says the Mayo Clinic should buy The New York Times (“Excellent at keeping people alive”). The Times will launch an opinion app, Marc Tracy reports. And Tribune should create a national supernewspaper that competes with the Times by combining its local newsgathering in cities such as Baltimore, Chicago and Los Angeles with its national reporting in Washington, Michael Kinsley argues.

All these fun reads come from The New Republic’s special “Future of the Times” package. You should read it! But first, can we talk about the footnotes?… Read more

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What journalists need to know about responsive design: tips, takeaways & best practices

Phones and tablets have created new ways for audiences to reach our work, but they’ve also made it much harder to design a website that works for all readers. A site that looks great on a laptop might be illegible on a phone, while a sleek design on a tablet might look simplistic on a desktop monitor.

To make sure everyone has a good experience, we might be tempted to build different sites — one for phones, another for tablets, and a third for laptop and desktop users.

That might have been a workable solution when there were just a few mobile-device sizes to account for, but what about the current media landscape with oversized phones, shrunken tablets and everything in between? Creating different sites for each possible configuration is a daunting prospect, especially when new form factors seem to pop up every day.… Read more

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Chicago Tribune last, NPR first in test of news websites’ speed

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Phillip Smith tested the speed of various news sites using tools from GTmetrix. NPR and USA Today absolutely smoke their competitors, Smith writes, while the Chicago Tribune has “one of the slowest sites on the Internet.”

NPR Director of Engineering Irakli Nadareishvili tells Smith that one of NPR’s philosophies is “Speed is a Feature. Our tech team has been investing heavy effort in getting great page load-times.” Smith made a teeth-grinding video of a Tribune page loading.

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What journalists need to know about Web design

Fifty milliseconds. That’s how quickly visitors can form strong, long-lasting impressions about your news or information website. But they aren’t sizing up the quality of your content or the sophistication of your code. They’re making nearly instantaneous, mostly subconscious judgments about how your work has been designed.

Those assessments can lead to very conscious — and consequential — conclusions about the merits of your page, product or platform. Bad graphic design can damage perceptions about your credibility. It can make your content harder to understand and render your work less appealing.

The visual Web

The Web is a visual medium. It didn’t start that way, back when HTML truly was all about marking up text. Over the years, though, the options for shaping the appearance of a Web page have grown more plentiful and sophisticated.… Read more

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