There is one piece of our news operation that needed a closer look — the website — and so we made that a top priority in early 2010.
2009 was a year of many substantial and positive changes at the Dover Post.
We started out by consolidating our operation from two buildings to one, which fostered a greater ease of communication between the departments and, I believe, better publications.
We worked for months to redesign our Wednesday edition and created a Saturday edition to provide more content for our readers and another avenue for our advertisers to attract business.
We even enlisted the help of the public through our reader advisory board to help guide some of these changes, a group of volunteers to whom we owe a great deal of gratitude.
But there was one piece of our news operation that needed a closer look — the website — and so we made that a top priority in early 2010.
When our current web platform launched in May 2008, it was a big step up for us, but like most evolutions, it’s never totally finished.
At the end of this week, www.doverpost.com will receive yet another update in the form of a new platform. In a world where technology changes nearly every second, we would be remiss if we didn’t take a hard look at ourselves once in a while and recognize the changes we can make to better serve our readers and advertisers.
I’m not slamming our current site; it was a good move for us at the time and we’ve learned a lot from it. But in working with anything, after a while you start to realize the shortcomings and things you wish you could change. While producing hard news stories is a big part of what we do, there is so much more to the Dover Post that wasn’t getting the attention it deserves front-and-center on the homepage. As one-man (or woman) operations in sports and entertainment, Brian Citino and Sarika Jagtiani do a tremendous job of keeping up with a pretty large coverage area. But it was easy to get consumed with news and police stories, and maybe not check out the stories on those tabs. Now, those sections will be right on the homepage (in addition to having their own tabs), along with opinion, police and more.
I have two favorite additions to this new platform: the photos and communities tabs. At the Post, we take a lot of photos at events and posting those photo galleries on the site proved they are popular with readers. But they didn’t have a place to call their own; they were just mixed in with the rest of the stories. Not on the new format. The communities tab is divided by towns and gives readers a quick look at what is going on in their area, from news to police to sports.
The new platform is scheduled to launch Thursday, Feb. 25. In the meantime, readers can check out our sister papers, whose new sites have already launched at www.scsuntimes.com or www.milfordbeacon.com.
Email Maureen Raitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.