E-edition another step into future

Jun 15, 2011

 

The e-edition is part of the overall improvements of the Tribune’s new website, which was launched in April.

So far, most of the feedback for our new website has been positive. The biggest complaint that we have received is that we no longer publish obituaries online. Now you can get all of the obituaries online by subscribing to the e-edition.

The new website has made our job in the newsroom much easier. The process in which we are able to post stories, photos and videos is more accessible than in the past. And readers can now post comments about stories. We remind you, however, to please follow the guidelines that we have set up.

As for the e-edition, you may have noticed that we have added color to most of the inside pages of the online version — something we are not able to do with the printed Grand Haven Tribune because of press limitations.

Don Rogers, Tribune’s webmaster and the staffer who has done a bulk of the work to get the new website and e-edition up and running, is excited about what the future holds for our online edition. In the near future, you will be able to call up videos and links that are attached to stories. There will be some other neat features as well.

A feature that I’m especially looking forward to is being able to access archives of the Tribune’s e-edition. I often get requests from readers asking for copies of previous Tribunes or stories. Unfortunately, we only store about a year’s worth of newspapers at the Tribune. Now, readers will be able to look up previous copies of the Tribune on our e-edition site.

The e-edition will be great for our subscribers who head South for the winters. In the past, “snowbirds” would subscribe to the Tribune, but they wouldn’t always get their newspapers in the order that they were printed. And sometimes they wouldn’t get the newspaper at all. That will not be a problem with the new e-edition.

“Snowbirds” and out-of-area readers will be able to keep up with all the Tri-Cities news on our electronic newspaper. Online subscribers will receive an e-mail each day telling them when the e-edition publication is ready to be viewed.

While we are excited about our new e-edition, rest assure that the printed product is not being ignored. Our Living Local page printed on Saturdays has been a big success so far. Publisher Kevin Hook is constantly looking for ways to improve the local content. Athlon Sports, a monthly sports magazine, will be inserted in the Tribune beginning June 24.

I’m just amazed at how the newspaper industry has evolved through the years. I’m a guy who began his career banging out stories on a manual typewriter and developing film in a bathroom darkened with black paper.

Now, newspaper operations are computerized. Our photographer, Andy Loree, no longer has to deal with messy chemicals to produce photographs. He can go to an event and have photos ready for the newspaper in a matter of minutes.

Newspaper operations are constantly evolving. I can’t wait for the next step into the future.

 

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