New site design spurs plea
Change is underway at YourArlington.com, and I would like you to come along for the ride.
The changes lie in the site's design -- and in a more direct plea to you, the readers, many of you Arlington residents.
First, the fresh, updated look. All credit goes to Mitzi Steinberg Gilbert, of MSG Design, who has shaped a new site logo, emphasizing our town.
The main goals are to improve the site's display on mobile devices and to find ways to make news reports less hidden. Thanks to town residents for their suggestions over the years.
Take a look around
A brief site tour: The top news stories are in the middle section, as a new banner tells you. The blog, Your View, the place for opinion, is below the main news. The position of Your View can move higher if an opinion needs emphasis.
In the left column, Latest Notices lists the most recently posted news items that are not in middle column.
In the right column are news categories that tended to get lost in the old design. All can move, to highlight news that is more timely.
Either column can contain advertising, as can spots below the site logo. Some have ads in them now; some are hidden, awaiting advertisers.
Now, consider the appeal to you. From 2006, when the site began, a key aim was to involve the community. That can mean many things, including having members of the public submit news or opinion directly. Post news using this form >> Post opinion here >> All is reviewed before publication.
Involving the community can mean engaging nonprofits or for-profits revving their p.r. engines and sending news releases.
Where news comes from: You
It can mean residents shooting me a news tip -- or even a story. I have been a journalist since 1970, and have taught the subject. I hold the perhaps odd notion that anyone can be a journalist.
See something you would like to change? A reader-engaged online outlet, such as YourArlington.com, gives you the potential avenue to do that. Want direction about what to do next? I can provide it.
Direct impact: Donate
Let me suggest a direct way you can "come along for the ride" -- you can donate dollars to the site.
Paying a designer to revamp YourArlington means digging into savings. Meanwhile, writers who cover School Committee, Select Board and zoning must be paid.
Arlington bubbles with many, many stories waiting to be reported. I can't publish them them without your help.
If you would like to see local news survive and thrive here, you can make a direct contribution to the site.
Several residents recently did.
Your contribution is not deductible (if that matters any more), and you can do it here (enter amount in window at left):
Problems? Please contact the publisher.
This viewpoint was published Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
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