Category Archives: World’s Best-Designed News Sites/Apps

Entries are evaluated for overall presentation and usability of primary news sites and mobile/tablet apps. Limited to a single site, mobile app and/or tablet app per news organization. Entries in this category get judged three times during the year: first in February, then twice randomly afterward. Winners will be announced at the annual SND Workshop and Exhibition, held Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2011 in St. Louis.

South Brooklyn Post

South Brooklyn Post is a hyper-local news webzine dedicated to clean, crisp design, quality photojournalism and in-depth reporting on issues important to our community. South Brooklyn Post was launched by a news reporter, a photojournalist and a web designer with the belief that people are looking for something fresh and new in the online news arena. South Brooklyn Post uses white space and emphasizes quality over quantity in the selection and presentation of news to produce a magazine-style local newspaper.
Our clean design was conceived to appeal to older, non-web savvy readers as well as the young, online-all-the-time reader.
The daily webzine covers news, culture, art, design, food, restaurants, schools, crime and the environment. It was launched in November 2010.
South Brooklyn Post has broken news on a major source of local air pollution and on a spike in local robberies, among other stories.
The uploaded features were published in October, 2010, and in December, 2010.

Entry Link: http://southbrooklynpost.com

This post was submitted by liscol_sbp.

The Globe and Mail website

The Globe and Mail (globeandmail.com) is Canada’s national newspaper website. It incorporates interactive features such as the ever-popular article comments, video and Grammy award-winning multimedia documentaries. The most recent design is clean and sophisticated and unifies the branding for both the print and online products.

The recent design was crafted with a high focus on creating an engaging experience for our readers. More video, photo related galleries, alternative story forms, interactives, accompanying stories, along with improved navigation and a consistent user-experience across all our properties – all work together to create a better user-experience and a more engaging product. This has resulted in a continuously growing readership and an increase in page views per unique visitor.

Entry Link:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com

Entry Category:
World’s Best-Designed News Site

This post was submitted by Mike Pletch.

LATimes.com

The Los Angeles Times is a newsroom whose ambition has been unbowed by the seismic forces affecting our industry. We excelled at delivering big league packages on major breaking news: the oil spill in the Gulf, the earthquake in Haiti, and the conflicts in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. We are still are among the handful of news outlets to have correspondents in these places, and up-to-the-minute coverage from each is a hallmark of our hand-coded home page.

Our investigative and enterprise work is stellar. In the past year we stuck up for foster children who were being let down by a callous bureaucracy and, sadly, tracked their deaths; we told about innocent victims of gang violence in a presentation that takes you there through photos and stories. We undoubtedly saved lives with our groundbreaking investigation of Toyota, with a companion interface that lets readers see if their vehicles are affected. Our entertainment coverage pushed into new areas that took advantage of our rich archives and unique access. Our local coverage was exceptional: Our coverage of Bell and its inflated salaries was groundbreaking, as were articles and companion database about L.A. Unified teachers. Sports dominated on its coverage of the NBA champion Lakers, with a photo gallery of celebrity fans a crowd favorite.

We produced several cool new bits of technological innovation, such as Crime L.A., which brings crimes statistics to the neighborhood level, and our panoramic photos, which delivered incredible images from news and entertainment events. Our Star Walk database lets readers stroll the virtual streets of Hollywood, with 2,400 biographies culled from the archives.

This multifaceted site boasts a design sensibility that delivers news respectfully, manages data effortlessly and lets readers navigate seamlessly. Whether article or blog, photo gallery or database, there is attention to style that makes the site inviting and deep. We ask that you consider it throughout the year as the best-designed site.

Entry Link: http://www.latimes.com/

This post was submitted by Tracy Boucher.

Worlds Best Designed Website

The nationalpost.com redesign was a step towards bringing the richness of National Post in print together with nationalpost.com while staying true to the web as a medium. Using the latest in CSS and HTML technology to bring the Post’s rich typography to the web, our users are greeted with a look and feel that is undeniably: National Post.

Entry Link: http://nationalpost.com

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This post was submitted by matthewwarland.

The NewsHouse

A blend of multimedia storytelling, social media and rich student-produced content, The NewsHouse is an innovative digital service that covers, interacts with and engages the Syracuse University community. Now in its second year, The NewsHouse has established itself as a recognized campus media outlet that covers SU and off-campus news, sports, entertainment and issues and topics that matter to a predominantly college student audience.

In 2010, more than 200 students from a variety of SU majors and colleges contributed to the site to produce nearly 10,000 pages of content. These ranged from blog posts about a local rapper protesting the SU commencement speaker to stellar videos about the original “Tron” animator and a lifelong Carrier Dome basketball usher to interactive guides about the vegetarian lifestyle and the Bird Library’s impressive but relatively unknown special collections.

Social media plays a vital role for The NewsHouse as our team maintains active presences on Twitter, Facebook, Digg, YouTube, Vimeo and other outlets. The student-led team recognizes that social media is more than just marketing your product, but rather about starting conversations and building a relationship with students and followers.

The primary audience is the SU campus community of student and professors, and from there it extends to the local Syracuse and central New York community and those connected to the school from afar including alumni and sports fans. With a diverse offering of content and multiple entry points, The NewsHouse has connected with an audience that topped 68,000 unique visitors last year.

Our ultimate mission is to inform and engage our audience and successfully fulfill what our header states we are for Syracuse University: “Your Resource for News, Entertainment and What’s Happening.”

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Entry Link: http://www.thenewshouse.com

This post was submitted by Jon Glass.

Apart From War

Starting in late May this past summer, our team of 10 journalists bedded down for six weeks in a bunkhouse at a dude ranch in rural, northeastern Washington state.

Nine members of this student team were from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. The other was a News21 “visiting fellow” from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Newhouse departments in the print-online, broadcast, graphics and photography majors were represented on the Newhouse team.

The group was led by three Newhouse professors: Steve Davis, Ken Harper and Bruce Strong. They directed last year’s team, whose project won the top Team Journalism award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. You can explore last year’s Newhouse team site, Young and the Wireless here.

The Newhouse team’s mission: Get to know the community of war veterans that saturates this countryside. Our question: What are the consequences of war, as experienced by a tight-knit and classic small-town, all-American community? Why did we come here in particular? Because going back for years, this serene and beautiful setting has been a refuge for hundreds of Vietnam vets who’ve lived here “off the grid” and away from it all, trying to forget some memories, make sense of others. And it’s also a source for many of today’s soldiers; high-schoolers with limited opportunities still do see the military as a career choice and a way out. What might these young men and women now heading off to Iraq and Afghanistan tell us years from now, decades from now? Will anything change? Will old themes be replayed? Will we learn?

We know the consequences of war, to some extent. We can list many: PTSD, drug addiction, divorce, chronic unemployment — even criminal activity and suicide. We found much of this here, as we suspected we would. But we also developed an understanding of this complex topic, through the people we met and got to know from investing a month and a half in the work. We thank them for teaching us, giving us an opportunity to learn.

We wish the same for you as you meet “Jerry” and the other Vietnam-era “mountain men” who populate the hills and mountains around Republic, Chesaw and Tonasket. As you meet Ryn and Adam , high-schoolers heading off to war. As you hear the voices of the friends and family of Marine Chad Olson , who took his own life and his wife’s less than a year after returning from Iraq. We also talked with wives , mothers , children , aunts and uncles and others — the families left behind.

Entry Link: http://www.apartfromwar.org/

This post was submitted by Jon Glass.

The NewsHouse

A blend of multimedia storytelling, social media and rich student-produced content, The NewsHouse is an innovative digital service that covers, interacts with and engages the Syracuse University community. Now in its second year, The NewsHouse has established itself as a recognized campus media outlet that covers SU and off-campus news, sports, entertainment and issues and topics that matter to a predominantly college student audience.

In 2010, more than 200 students from a variety of SU majors and colleges contributed to the site to produce nearly 10,000 pages of content. These ranged from blog posts about a local rapper protesting the SU commencement speaker to stellar videos about the original “Tron” animator and a lifelong Carrier Dome basketball usher to interactive guides about the vegetarian lifestyle and the Bird Library’s impressive but relatively unknown special collections.

Social media plays a vital role for The NewsHouse as our team maintains active presences on Twitter, Facebook, Digg, YouTube, Vimeo and other outlets. The student-led team recognizes that social media is more than just marketing your product, but rather about starting conversations and building a relationship with students and followers.

The primary audience is the SU campus community of student and professors, and from there it extends to the local Syracuse and central New York community and those connected to the school from afar including alumni and sports fans. With a diverse offering of content and multiple entry points, The NewsHouse has connected with an audience that topped 68,000 unique visitors last year.

Our ultimate mission is to inform and engage our audience and successfully fulfill what our header states we are for Syracuse University: “Your Resource for News, Entertainment and What’s Happening.”

Entry Link: http://www.thenewshouse.com

This post was submitted by Jon Glass.

Grand Ave News

Grand Avenue News is a hyper-local news site dedicated to keeping people informed about what’s going on in Coconut Grove. The Grove contains some of the richest history of Miami’s earliest African-American and Bahamian residents, it has artistic bohemian roots stemming back to the 1960’s and has continued to maintain a thriving, modern and diverse culture for residents and tourists alike.

Our news site is named after Grand Avenue, a bustling main road that runs through Village West and serves as an entrance to Coconut Grove. Grand Avenue contains the past, present and future of the residents who live in this culturally rich neighborhood.

The site was conceptualized and re-designed as part of the curriculum by students in the Journalism program at the University of Miami. Students from the Visual Journalism, Journalism, Public Relations and Broadcasting programs produce the site in its entirety: articles, photography, site design and programming.

Our mission is to provide the Coconut Grove community with news stories that are timely, accurate and geographically-specific to their area. As a hyper-local news site, we concentrate our journalistic efforts on a single community in order to cover the things people find most important and relevant to them. By working closely with the community, Grand Ave News’ editorial staff determines what the community values most.

Design students involved:

Lisa Trucchio, information architect, designer
Alessandra Villaamil, design director, technical producer, merchandise designer
Ivan Rocha, lead technical producer
Brian Schlansky, graduate assistant, technical producer
Dominique Riofrio, photo editor, designer
Jessica Hodder, social media manager, merchandise strategist, copy editor
Tanya Thompson, content strategist

Content generated by students in the journalism program.

This post was submitted by Brian Schlansky.

Reader’s Digest App, February 2011 issue

Reader’s Digest, the best-read magazine in the world, with 50 editions in 45 countries and 20 languages is proud to introduce it’s newest edition; an app for the i-Pad! An informative and entertaining mix of tips, trends, and inspiring reads, Reader’s Digest curates what’s best from the most trustworthy sources in media, then adds original reports and a healthy dose of humor.

In addition to all the editorial pages in our printed edition, inside you’ll find:
• an expertly curated Digest section organized by theme, covering health, work, personal finance, travel, family, food, books, and more
• iPad-only photographs, slide shows, and video interviews
• an interactive Word Power game, complete with audio pronunciations
• family-friendly humor, including an automatically updated Joke of the Day feature
• worthwhile Web links that let you jump straight back to what you’re reading
• exclusive book excerpts and author interviews
• an interactive Around the World with One Question poll
• inspiring essays and real-life dramas
• classic reads from our archives
• and beginning with our March issue: the Daily Digest, an automatically updated page featuring the best, most recent posts from our newly launched Reader’s Digest Version website.

Entry Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/readers-digest/id411524298?mt=8#

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This post was submitted by dean_abatemarco.