Changes in how we bring you the news

Olympia Executive Editor Dusti Demarest.
Olympia Executive Editor Dusti Demarest. Staff photographer

The last decade has been huge for the centuries-old field of newspaper journalism as we have adapted to changing reader habits, changing technology, and changing business models.

The way our readers get their news is changing dramatically. Many of you want breaking news on your phones. Live updates on Facebook and Twitter. Videos and photos on your tablets.

And many of you want in-depth, local stories in print and online.

Today, we are launching changes designed to make it easier to get the news you want, whenever you want it and in whatever form.

Earlier this year, we adopted a new workflow and schedule that means we are updating stories online more frequently and earlier in the day. Starting today, we are making more changes to try to address the need for both quick coverage and in-depth journalism.

Because the majority of our online audience comes to us on a mobile device – in most cases a smartphone – we’ve engineered the changes with that in mind. Navigation is designed for smaller screens and we’re adding easier-to-read typefaces.

The Olympian will continue to focus our coverage on Thurston County and its communities, but using a new approach to storytelling that we are calling “layering.” Layering will let you choose the way you want to consume the story, whether you just want to skim the headlines or dive deep and get all the details.

We’ll also be continuing our effort to add more video content — everything from mini-documentaries to short snippets of daily news.

In print, our new design will be more colorful and easier to read. The front-page design will change somewhat to provide a better guide to content throughout the paper. We’ll focus on one or two major stories of the day and highlight others inside the paper so you won’t miss them.

A new, biweekly “In Depth’’ page in print and online will examine important stories from many angles, so you can see what the impact is on our community. Those pages will appear on Wednesdays (when many of you are missing our old section on food, home and garden) and on Saturdays, when many of us have a little more time to read. Some of the stories on those pages will be what we call watchdog stories as we continue to keep a close eye on government.

As the news landscape continues to evolve, The Olympian is dedicated to changing with the times, and providing the best local content on any device you choose — whether it’s print, computer, tablet or mobile.

But one thing won’t change and that’s our commitment to public service journalism and to bringing you the news that affects our communities.

And please, don’t forget to let us know your thoughts.