“It’s hard to imagine a worse-designed, more downright ugly newspaper website than what the Digital First Media brain trust has come up with for the New Haven Register,” writes Brett Sokol.
From the clown-car layout (how many separate boxes of headache-inducing text can we cram onto one page?) to the crude font, the Register seems less like the digital future than a creaky GeoCities holdover from the Web’s earliest days. This is what so many of Digital First’s boosters been cheerleading for? This is what millions and millions of dollars have been poured into?
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* Michael Wolff’s mother has died. He wrote a New York story about her deteriorating condition in May. (observer.com)
* BuzzFeed is looking for a longform editor. (buzzfeed.com)
* 21 Jonah Peretti quotes that will restore your faith in BuzzFeed. (pandodaily.com)
* New York Daily News to offer consulting services to small- and medium-sized businesses. (capitalnewyork.com)
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* AP president pledges close cooperation with member news organizations. (AP via greenfieldreporter.com)
* How the Los Angeles Times is using its Ford Foundation grant. (ajr.org)
* Reynolds Foundation awards $8M+ to Arizona State University for improving business journalism. (businessjournalism.org)