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New Courier-Journal.com Layout Gets Official

March 18th, 2008 by jake · 6 Comments

Rick wrote about it last week in LEO.

Now the Courier-Journal’s new look is live and I think it sucks. Drab colors, doesn’t at all feel like a newspaper, difficult to find breaking news as it’s all subdued under a pastel “LATEST HEADLINES” section – and speaking of headlines, only the headlines of stories (the few that are actually written by locals) are the featured bit of information on the main page – gone are the days of a brief summary.

Could someone tell me how much this redesign cost Gannett Company, Inc?

Feels kinda like the increasingly syndicated “news” paper has gone back in time.


Thoughts?

Tags: Courier-Journal · Gannett · Internet · Journalism · Media · Newspaper

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Steve Magruder (I, not D or R) // Mar 18, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    The colors do feel a bit subtle, but what’s worse is that they don’t reflect any of Louisville’s colors, whether in the city seal/flag or its major university.

    While the functionality and layout may just involve getting accustomed to, I don’t feel like I’m on a “Louisville site”. I somehow get the notion that this is a Gannett cookie-cutter design. Corporations do indeed have this penchant for trying to make everything the same, in this case, apparently including cities they serve. We’re all the same to them — we’re mere consumers (not citizens who need the information that citizens are supposed to get to make citizen-like decisions and take citizen-like action).

    Also, I wonder what they’re going to do with the old forums, full of discussions about various subjects and previous articles. I don’t see any linkage from the new site to the old forums, or any movement of the old content into the new format. Is the C-J going to lose this content (and thus search engine hits) forever, giving local blogs and discussion boards the chance to seize those search hits?

    Last, they didn’t migrate old forum accounts into the new one. That’s not really nice to ask people to create new accounts, nor is it practical — The C-J just lost a lot of forum users with this migration. As a forums administrator, I can state that it will take a looooong time to get the previous numbers back. If they don’t plan to migrate, methinks they’re screwing themselves.

  • 2 Steve Magruder (I, not D or R) // Mar 18, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Meant to say in the last sentence: “If they don’t plan to migrate the forum users, methinks…”

  • 3 louisvilleobserver // Mar 18, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Don’t like it.

  • 4 Jerry Conder // Mar 19, 2008 at 8:23 am

    It has a standard corporate look, nothing really Louisville about it. No much there to get excited about. UNLIKE THIS SITE, ADMINISTERED WITH LOVE AND FILLED WITH LOUISVILLE EXCITEMENT, AFFECTION, EMOTION AND MUTUAL RESPECT FOR ALL THE BROADCAST BRETHEREN IN OUR MID MARKET MAYBERRY.

  • 5 bzt // Mar 19, 2008 at 9:35 am

    It fails in so many ways. Above the fold you can’t see hardly any content. It has lots of tiny type of more or less equal emphasis with a lot of blank space. There is no logical flow or structure to it. The right column crap is just that – hard to navigate crap.

    They are trying to put the entire site on one page. No concept of hierarchy.

  • 6 G. Retriever // Mar 20, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    To get an idea of the homogenization among Gannett papers, take a look at the Des Moines Register site. Just like the C-J, only it’s literally gray, instead of figuratively gray like Louisville’s. What a great leap forward: unreadable web sites encouraging amateur journalism.
    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/

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