Let us know how you like our new site and how it works

jredecker@theolympian.comJuly 7, 2013 

Next week, The Olympian debuts a redesigned website that will be faster, easier and more dynamic.

Readers will find it simpler to navigate and faster to load. It will be easier to find your favorite features, breaking news, sports, entertainment and opinion.

Our award-winning photography will continue to be showcased, and there will be enhanced photo galleries and video to add to the visual experience.

We’ve streamlined the site’s navigation tools and added more opportunities to quickly find news and information with handy drop-down menus.

Our goal is to provide you with the latest news and information anywhere and anytime you want it — in print, as well as on your desktop computer, smartphone, or iPad or other tablet device. We are dedicated to continuous publication of the news as it breaks, along with providing investigative reports from veteran journalists.

We are excited about the changes coming on the 16th.

A few other things to know about our next-generation site:

 • The best browsers to use are Firefox 3.6 or higher, Internet Explorer 8 or higher, Safari and Chrome.

 • A “stay-connected” bar anchors the bottom of every page, taking you to all of our social media: our Facebook and Twitter pages, our mobile phone apps, the electronic reproduction of our newspaper (and our archives), and how to reach us.

Once we launch the new site, we’ll post a question-and-answer form on theolympian.com, along with a feedback form we hope you’ll use. That will help us fix any glitches, gauge how you’re using the site and see what works the best. If you find something that looks like it’s not working, please let us know.

INSIDE THE NEWSROOM

When I started this column, I said one of its missions would be to open the window into how we do our jobs, and I invited readers to call to discuss things they’d like to see us cover.

Usually, those calls are helpful, and we find a way to get the information people need out in print or online.

But sometimes, we just have to listen and politely say sorry, we’re not going to be able to cover that for you.

That’s what I told the man who said, “I’m out in the lobby and I’d like to invite you or a reporter to come out in the woods with my son and me. We’ve had close contact with aliens for more than two years.”

Who knows, maybe we missed the story of the century.

Jerre Redecker is senior editor at The Olympian. She can reached at 360-754-5422 or jredecker@theolympian.com.

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