MinnPost begins long-awaited site redesign

The MinnPost team brainstorms goals and vision for the redesign.
MinnPost photo by Brian Perry
The MinnPost team brainstorms goals and vision for the redesign.

MinnPost’s mission has always centered on providing quality, in-depth coverage of the issues that are most important to Minnesotans. But we also know that the way you read, find and interact with that content is just as important. And we all know that MinnPost.com is in dire need of an update.

Now, after four years of focusing our resources on quality reporting, we are finally in a position to funnel some resources toward the design and functionality of the site itself.

Our team is committed to exploring innovative ways of doing journalism on the web. To make that easier, we will be moving to an open source platform, which will allow us to contribute to and learn from a growing community of online news organizations working toward the same goal. MinnPost has had a fantastic technology partner in Clockwork over the past four years, a company and team that worked long and hard to build our site from scratch and to get MinnPost up and running (not to mention that they keep us running on a day-to-day basis). Now we feel it’s time to jump into the world of open source journalism.

We are very excited to be working with the award-winning Gorton Studios to build and design our new site. We expect to launch the new MinnPost.com — along with a much-improved mobile presence — in the first quarter of 2012.

So, why announce a redesign without a shiny, new site to parade around at the same time? Well, we don’t think it’s particularly transparent — or fun, for that matter — to wait until the day you launch to clue readers in to the process. In fact, we think it’s more helpful to include our readers throughout the whole process, from planning to beta testing.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved and follow our progress:

Sign up to be a member. In addition to supporting nonprofit journalism, members will get the added benefit of helping us choose MinnPost’s new logo, assisting as a beta tester for the new site, and receiving exclusive updates on project milestones.

Not able to support us financially at this time? That’s OK, you can still follow along. We’ll be posting updates at our Tumblr and to this blog, as well as keeping our Twitter and Facebook friends in the loop. For the nerds out there, we’ll also be sending out regular emails with more information about the technical questions we tackle. You can sign up for email updates using the form below.

Have burning thoughts and comments that you need to share with us? Send me an email at khinck AT minnpost [dot] com. We know we have a lot of work to do, and truly appreciate your feedback.

We are grateful for the support of our readers and members over these last few years — this wouldn’t be possible without you. And at the risk of sounding too much like a pledge drive, your continued support will help us build the kind of site that reflects MinnPost’s commitment to quality and innovation.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 09/16/2011 - 03:49 pm.

    I hope it’s possible for you to have available a text-only version of each article for those of us who may want to print one out.

    The only way to print articles now is with all the pictures and the advertising down both sides of the page, just as we see them on the site.

  2. Anonymous Submitted by Anonymous on 09/19/2011 - 10:04 am.

    @Bernice: When you print from our current site, it should actually remove the sidebar content — but it doesn’t give you a preview, so that may not be obvious.

    We’ll make sure to add this to the list of improvements. Thanks!

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