CHECK IT OUT: GJ Free Press launches its new website!
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — If you’re reading this, then you’ve landed on our new website at gjfreepress.com, which came online today, Wednesday, May 1. It now offers both hyper-local and regional news, with easy access to stories from Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and Rifle.
That’s more news access on a free website, folks!
So, why the change?
It’s part of a completely new computer software system that runs our new website, and it also supports all the stories, photos, headlines and pages that we produce for our print newspaper. In print industry parlance, it’s called a content-management system and the Grand Junction Free Press is getting a new one. It represents a major investment in how we put together the print edition, as well as move stories, photos and other items to our website.
In addition to a sleek-looking website, GJFreePress.com has also been redesigned to be easier to read no matter what platform readers use — computer, tablet or mobile.
“Our goal for the new website was for it to be ‘clean, clear and current,’ and that’s what you will notice first off when you log on to GJFreePress.com,” said Free Press Editor Tracy Dvorak.
The design is based on reader feedback and research on how people use news-oriented websites. The homepage design is simplified and cleaner. Photo display will be better and related article links will be much improved. And readers who enjoy our newspaper’s popular E-edition will still have that option with a link on our homepage.
As with any change, the new website will take some getting used to simply because it is different from what online readers have become accustomed to the past four years.
One important thing to note: Though Free Press readers may always access Grand Junction news from its local link (www.gjfreepress.com), its new landing page will now be directly connected with Colorado Mountain News Media sister papers, Glenwood Spring’s Post Independent and The Citizen Telegram in Rifle. Don’t be shocked if you see the Post Independent linked to Free Press stories online! You are indeed on the right page. Even better, you’ll be able to easily navigate news about our closest neighbors to the east without leaving the website.
As with anything new, we know the new website won’t be perfect on day 1.
So, in advance, we ask that you please bear with us. We will have an extended team of both news and technical folks in our newsroom for the next two weeks to help us work through problems, and we expect the fixes to be quick. Email your questions and concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll do our best to help you.
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