News website adds more content and TLC
Our website (catskillmountainnews.com) will be receiving more regular updates, including more photos, now that the duties of content management will be the responsibility of graphic artist Trish Adams.
“Now we can highlight more of our under-used material, especially our sports photography,” said Publisher Dick Sanford. Sanford’s sports photos regularly take home ribbons at the annual New York Press Association gatherings, but there are only so many photos that will fit in a print edition. The website, however, is built to hold many images, “which means we can feature more players, and give all the kids their due,” said Sanford.
Catch up or Look Back . . .
Another advantage to web content is that it lives on the site in perpetuity. If you missed last week’s edition, you can still go check out the stories and pictures on the web for weeks to come. It also enables you to review a team’s entire season in retrospect, or catch up with some of your favorite columns from weeks past.
"I also encourage readers to take a look at more than just our News section," explained Adams. "We used to put almost all our weekly content there. But we do great features and details of upcoming events, which will now reside more regularly in our Features section."
A new item planned for the Columns section are posts of our exclusive Catskill-themed puzzles (created just for the News) and their solutions. You will be able to print extra copies of puzzles from the site. Adams’ column “In this Place: Stories of Us from the Catskill Mountain News Archives” is also hosted here in the Columns section. “That’s Entertainment” has also been added to the roundup of columns to give in-depth information on events in the area.
The News will also feature fun polls so that the CMN readership can learn more about their fellow readers and the News can gauge what interests readers most.
“Right now, we are featuring a poll about web browsers, which might seem nerdy,” said Adams, but it tells us where our readers are with technology. We currently host some of our special publications, like the Destination Wedding Guide, on our own “extras” website, and we want that content to be as accessible as possible to all our web visitors. Folks who are using Internet Explorer version 8 and earlier in particular should think about upgrading, because support for those older browsers is dropping off sharply in the world of website development. You’ll be able to enjoy all the features of the most contemporary sites if you keep your browser current.” This poll will end on March 1.
The next poll will be about where our readers call home. "Who knows, maybe we are in for some surprises on that score," says Adams.
Adams welcomes suggestions for polls and other News web content from readers: just send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I try to have the newspaper posted on-line by mid-day on Wednesday at the latest,” she said. “But often I’ll continue to post more pictures during the week, or something late breaking, like when Trailways suspended service during a recent snowstorm. So it’s worth coming back to browse every so often, especially if you’re an avid fan of local sports. Our website isn’t just about Wednesdays anymore!”