VTDigger’s new website will be unveiled a week from today.
Our hope is that you find it easier to navigate and more pleasing to the eye.
The new site has all the old standbys — commentaries, press releases, comments, forms for tips and error reports — plus many new features, including color-coded category sections, a weekly archive, larger cartoons, a share rail, Twitter feed and quote of the day.
Most importantly, VTDigger’s hard-hitting stories will be in a more accessible format.
Instead of developing an app for VTDigger, we have created a “responsive design” site that automatically resizes to fit whatever screen you’re using — iPhone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. If you want ready access to VTDigger on your phone or tablet or computer, you’ll be able to download an icon to your desktop that links to our site.
In keeping with our approach to innovation here at VTDigger, the website is in beta form. Expect to see more improvements over time as we launch our data reporting page, a multi-media section and landing pages for health care, energy, politics and business. We also plan to make a major projects section available for our reporting on special topics, including EB-5, mental health, the health care exchange and human services.
The redesign wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation and the expertise of our web developer, Stacey Peters, who honed her skills in the cutthroat environment of New York City’s interactive media world before she moved to central Vermont.
Please check out our new front page and let us know what you think.