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New York Times Redesign Points to Future of Online Publishing (CNNMoney)
The last time The New York Times embarked on a wholesale redesign of its website, in 2006, the iPhone wasn’t on the market. Tablets like the iPad were still years away. So the new design that the Times unveiled Wednesday is generating much interest within the journalism industry, both for what it says about the Times and about the future of online publishing. Mashable There are no drastic changes. Gone are the blue headlines and the lengthy sidebar in favor of a grayer digital lady with more white space. But the site feels more like The New York Times than NYTimes.com. “We’re leaning more heavily on the site to maintain our identity,” says Ian Adelman, the director of digital design for the Times. Capital New York It will take a while for the redesign to settle with critics, but judged by the usual Day One tests, it’s a success: It was delivered on time, and to us seems relatively bug-free. But the process, which took two years and the work of 40 people round the clock (and 80 people all together over the life of the project), wasn’t easy. NYT / Public Editor’s Journal Many readers and outside commentators called the redesign cleaner and easier to navigate. One reader, Larry Hollon, wrote to me, in part: “The new digital format is fantastic. It’s clean, easy to read, lots of white space and it organizes information in a way that is very accessible. Thank the appropriate designers. It’s great.” Still, not everyone was happy. Slate / CultureBox No doubt a large reason for the collective shrug at the Times redesign is the fact that little has changed that affects our strategies of consumption. The Times’ editors still signal what they judge most important through the front page, which remains three columns of text with a big picture. Gone, finally, are the blue-hued headlines, which at this point were so outdated they’d nearly traveled past obsolete to retro-chic, a living monument to the Web of Yore, when primitive browsers would not click anything that wasn’t blue. Now, headlines look as they do in the Times’ print edition.

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Writers, Filmmakers Welcome to Pitch The Grio

Editors at The Grio are always on the lookout for new writers. The site, aimed toward the black community, has about half of its content generated by freelancers. The NBC-owned website averages 2 million page views per month and distinguishes itself with video content and a lot of original reporting. Because the site relies so much on video content, editors also welcome pitches from aspiring filmmakers and producers for story-driven, narrative, documentary-style videos.

The Grio has only been around for a couple of years, but editors have already established strong relationships with freelancers who they turn to time and time again. That’s good news for writers looking to break in, because editors are always on the lookout for fresh talent to add to their stable. “Once a writer has been used on a regular basis, we will definitely farm stories out to them based on their specific style and previous pieces they’ve pitched,” explained managing editor Joy-Ann Reid.

For more info, read How To Pitch: The Grio. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Writers, Filmmakers Welcome to Pitch The Grio

Editors at The Grio are always on the lookout for new writers. The site, aimed toward the black community, has about half of its content generated by freelancers. The NBC-owned website averages 2 million page views per month and distinguishes itself with video content and a lot of original reporting. Because the site relies so much on video content, editors also welcome pitches from aspiring filmmakers and producers for story-driven, narrative, documentary-style videos.

The Grio has only been around for a couple of years, but editors have already established strong relationships with freelancers who they turn to time and time again. That’s good news for writers looking to break in, because editors are always on the lookout for fresh talent to add to their stable. “Once a writer has been used on a regular basis, we will definitely farm stories out to them based on their specific style and previous pieces they’ve pitched,” explained managing editor Joy-Ann Reid.

For more info, read How To Pitch: The Grio. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Focus on the African American Perspective

Filmmakers and freelancers with a great story on Black America can discover a byline waiting for them at The Grio.

According to managing editor Joy-Ann Reid, every section of the site is hungry for underreported stories. From great stories with strong characters to photo-driven stories from a unique Black perspective, or even a profile with a big celeb can land you in the site. And Reid suggests adding multimedia to the mix, as the site relies heavily on original video content.

To find out which sections the editors are especially looking to beef up content, read How to Pitch: The Grio[sub req'd]