As an example…
Seriously though, Canada.com used to be a trashy ‘front page’ - Yahoo news style. The ‘news’ was mostly just a PostMedia clearinghouse. Not to mention the headache-inducing design.
But they’ve done an incredible job with their new site (though they suck at PR. I didn’t even know therewasa new site). The new design seems really innovative, and it’s super intuitive. Coming from the folks who brought us the National Post (who have narrowly avoided shutting down twice already), this is all the more impressive.
Isn’t it odd that just as The Globe and Mail brings us Canada’s first major paywall, the paper that some refer to as the ‘Jerusalem Post’ (for its hilariously right-wing editorial position) rolls out this truly awesome, innovative and ya, exciting, digital presence.
The home page (linked above) looks great, is designed well for the modern ‘fold’ of today’s web page, rather than relying on the imitation newspaper layout, which too many newspaper websites rely on. It makes good use of multimedia and is just generally pleasing.
Dig deeper, and you’ll find this “discussions” section (example) which seems to be both a way of organizing themes over longer periods of time and engaging with the readership in a way that treats visitors to the site more like digital citizens than newspaper readers.
Kudos to them. I’m sure it took a ton of work (and a not insignificant amount of money). Check it out, it’s worth a look around.