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Welcome to the new

May 20th, 2013 3:53 pm by Staff Report

Welcome to the new

The Johnson City Press is launching its revamped version of, which is designed to increase interaction with readers and deliver up-to-date news and features across multiple devices.

“We’re introducing today the newest version of,” Johnson City Press Publisher Justin Wilcox said. “We think this will make it easier for you to actually see a lot more of the content we have available, and a lot more of the variety of content we have for you.”

See the user guide.

The new version of is built around a newsfeed model that will allow readers to better identify the news stories, photos and videos they find most interesting.

“I think it has cleaner, faster look that’s easier to navigate and it will definitely allow us to do more with our readers and provide a much more interactive experience,” said Press Information Technology Director Alan Broyles.

One of the main aspects of the new website’s design is its ability to adapt to a variety of screen sizes, allowing readers to more easily read stories and view pictures and video on mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets.

“Another thing we are excited about is that the new will work on any device — desktop, tablet or smartphone,” Kingsport Times-News Digital Operations Manager Ben Conkin said. “We will no longer have a separate mobile site, just a clean flow of news and information optimized for your favorite device.”

In addition to a more friendly layout for mobile devices, the new website also includes a number of features designed to better engage readers and facilitate discussion on topics of local, regional and national importance.

The redesigned website will allow readers to sign in and begin commenting on articles, photo galleries and more in just a few clicks thanks to the Disqus comment system.

Broyles said these new features will allow the Press to increase its focus on delivering high-quality local news in a more interactive way.

“We’re trying to interact more with our viewers and readers by allowing them to share articles, share photos and share events on the website,” he said.

Visitors to the new site will also notice newly designed photo galleries, support for multiple pictures in stories and improved support for videos. The site can also host documents and other media to help readers gain more insight into the workings of local governments, school systems and the courts.

To help visitors get a feel for the new site and learn about its new features, Wilcox said a users guide has been developed that is available to view now.

“We hope you take the opportunity to review the guide, click through the site, and get acquainted,” Wilcox said. “And then we hope you let us know your thoughts. We are still in progress on fine-tuning details on the site, and will continue to make improvements in the future.

“We want to create a product that will provide you with the latest news and the freshest content available anywhere in our region. We want to provide you with the information that you are interested in. We welcome you to the new, and look forward to hearing from you.”

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