Sunday, June 17, 2007

New national website on Monday

There are always technogremlins at play when you reach this stage, but if all goes according to plan the new McClatchy national website will be launched about mid-day on Monday, June 18.

The web address is

We've had a preview site up and running privately for a few days now. If you just can't wait, send me an email and I'll send you that url; we can't guarantee that everything is ready for primetime there, so I don't want to make it generally available.

(But you? Well, you're special, so you can visit.)

The site is dedicated to public service journalism, principally devoted to the work of our national and foreign correspondents, but there's a great deal more there, too. We're displaying the best national journalism, editorial cartoons and columnists from around our company, six new blogs from overseas, ubiquitous tagging, and a place for readers to upload their own video commentaries on public affairs. We're soliciting comments and hosting regular Q&A forums with staffers.

Naturally, we had hoped to have a few other new features by launch, but they're not all ready. We're still looking for the right social networking software to help our audience build communities of interest around the public affairs topics we cover. If you have ideas about that, I'd love to hear them, too. We're working on an ambitious participative journalism assignment. Before long, we plan to host some non-traditional views of the presidential campaign called " alt.campaign." Stay tuned for that.

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