VTDigger launched a new website for desktop and mobile platforms on Wednesday.
The new design replicates an old-fashioned newspaper layout and is similar to the online front pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Instead of simply presenting the news by chronology based on when a story was published, we are now able to show you which stories we believe are most important over the course of our 24/7 news cycle.
The top news story comes with the big picture in the center, followed by four other top stories that are published with photos.
Stories in the left rail are posted by topic and chronology. The News from Around the State section, features our reporting from Chittenden, Windham, Bennington and Rutland counties. The latest video and podcast stories are also embedded in the front page section.
A number of readers wrote to us, complaining that they didn’t like the new format. They prefer a chronological presentation.
We made an effort on Friday to accommodate that request and now have a list of latest headlines in order of publication by time and date located below the front page section.
The rest of the home page presentation includes a display of More Recent Coverage that shows the previous day’s content. Below that is an Editor’s Picks section that features stories from previous weeks that you might have missed.
Commentary is featured below press releases. Our special projects are located near the bottom, above an archive of stories by topic.
Our objective is to help you more easily find more VTDigger stories. Too often, with our old format, stories disappeared quickly from the front page. Now you can find stories from the day before more quickly.
The website is also faster — the new design takes several seconds off the page load time.
Our mobile presence has also been revamped. It now includes photos with stories, commentary, political news, most popular posts and a better menu.
Thank you for your patience as we rolled out the site. We appreciate your feedback.