Call it a foundation facelift.
The Scripps Howard Foundation Wire has a new design that we hope brings us closer to what a media website should look like in 2015. The photos, which are taken by interns in the Semester in Washington program, are larger across the home page and on stories. The stories are in a bigger, easier to read font.
And, most important, we haven’t lost our GIF capabilities.
The website is built on WordPress, which works as the backend for lots of news organizations in the United States and abroad, including TIME Magazine and USA Today’s politics blog. The Semester in Washington program participants will learn how to use this content management system, giving them further training in digital publishing that will help them get jobs after college.
We used a premade theme, Bloom, as the foundation for our homepage and story pages.
As far back as I can trace, this is the seventh version of the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire website.
While the look and feel of the website is clearly different – we drew on inspiration from sites like The Washington Post and Vox.com to choose fonts, caption styles and other design elements – the user experience should feel familiar to our longtime readers (and past interns). Blog posts like this one still show on the right side of the home page and live on their own Intern Blog page. Full stories are shown 10 at a time in the News category and also on each reporter’s bio page. As we post stories, we’ll still include a .ZIP file of high-resolution photos for editors to download.
The Spring 2015 class of Semester in Washington interns had a chance to give their input on the new site before it launched, as did program director Jody Beck.
Through a lengthy process I promise to blog about later, we managed to transfer all 5,326 stories from the old shfwire.com to this new site. Almost everything survived, minus some photos from way back when in the early 2000s and (not joking) every space after every comma. But hey,it could be worse.
If you’re a former intern and notice something wrong with your stories, bio or blogs, email me at [email protected] and I’ll do my best get it fixed. If you’re a reader or editor with feedback, I’d love to hear from you, too.
And if you think you can do better, the application form to find my replacement is already online.