Tuesday, June 10, 2008
So, that only took one day. Yesterday I was going on about how the Nevada Appeal’s website was the only one that hadn’t gotten a facelift. And then today I look, and the redesign has gone live for them, too.
They also seem to have fixed the style problems with the article text that the Record Courier was having. So that’s a big plus towards making the stories readable.
The Nevada State Museum in honor of the release of the sixth presidential dollar coin is hosting a dollar exchange day on Saturday, June 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In addition the newly released New Mexico quarters will be for sale
The Reno Coin Club will be at the Museum to facilitate the dollar exchange and quarter sale program. Visitors can bring paper currency dollar bills and exchange them for the new United States $1 circulating coin featuring President John Quincy Adams, the sixth in the Presidential Dollar series.
New Mexico has the second commemorative quarter coin released in 2008, and is the 47th coin in the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters? Program. New Mexico, nicknamed the “Land of Enchantment,” was admitted into the Union on January 6, 1912, becoming our Nation’s 47th state. The reverse of New Mexico’s quarter features a Zia sun symbol over a topographical outline of the State with the inscription “Land of Enchantment.” The coin also bears the inscriptions “New Mexico” and “1912.”
The museum will operate Coin Press No. 1 in honor of the occasion. The Nevada State Museum was an official United States Mint from 1870 through 1893 and operating Historic Coin Press No. 1 is a favorite attraction at the Nevada State Museum, now housed in the original mint building.
The museum is located at 600 N. Carson Street. During contruction please use the south entrance on Robinson Street. Call 775-687-4810 for details.
Monday, June 9, 2008
It looks like the announced website redesigns from a couple of weeks ago have come online. I noticed it first at The Record Courier today when I went to look at it.
Then I went to look at the other sites, Tahoe Daily Tribune, Tahoe Bonanza, Sierra Sun, and Lahontan Valley News, and all of them have been redesigned as well. The only one that didn’t get a new set of clothes is the big brother of the bunch, the Nevada Appeal. They must be holding off for a little bit because it’s the biggest and most complex site. It probably needs more work and testing to switch over. But I’m sure it will get the facelift too. I can’t imagine they’d deny the redesign to their Western Nevada flagship website. Give it a couple of days; it will get here.
I think the new design is a huge improvement over the old. Visually it looks a lot better than that old default template they were using, and the sections seem to be laid out and organized better. There are extra features, like comments, an AJAX events calendar, and user-submitted photo galleries. In all I like it. Strangely, though, the one place it seems like they didn’t pay much attention to are the articles themselves. The typography on the article text is fairly horrible; all the paragraphs just run together because there are no margins in between them. It makes for difficult reading when you’re sitting down to plow through a whole article. I’d also say the text in the headlines could stand to be bigger, and the reporter’s byline is so small and hard to find that it might as well be fine print. The publication date is pushed out of the way, too, like they’re trying to hide it. These are small style things that are easy to change, but I think that things like headline, pub date and byline are important enough that you should spend extra time on getting them to look just right.
Another thing they started some time ago, before the redesign, but haven’t advertised very well, is the e-edition of the paper. This is a way to read the paper online, but to actually see a scan of the page, as it really appears in the newspaper. Pretty neat.
Overall, these redesigns are definitely a big value add to the internet ecosystem of Western Nevada, and I can’t wait until the Nevada Appeal catches up to its smaller brothers.
The Nevada Appeal yesterday had a look back at the Morning Appeal from 1878, with stories therein about the 4th of July party and the Sutro Tunnel. They also had a look forward to August 16, when downtown Carson will be celebrating the Sesquicentennial with a variety of events. They linked to Fred Nietz’ eventsnevada.com, where there is a schedule of events posted for that day. Apparently Abraham Lincoln will be making an appearance, so we should all show up for that.