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If you go today to the Clarion's website -- www.peninsulaclarion.com (temporarily hosted at beta.peninsulaclarion.com) -- you'll see it looks very different. 060111 OPED 1 Peninsula Clarion If you go today to the Clarion's website -- www.peninsulaclarion.com (temporarily hosted at beta.peninsulaclarion.com) -- you'll see it looks very different.

The new peninsulaclarion.com

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Story last updated at 6/1/2011 - 9:29 am

New online look, same news you need



If you go today to the Clarion's website -- www.peninsulaclarion.com (temporarily hosted at beta.peninsulaclarion.com) -- you'll see it looks very different.

We hope you'll see it looks a lot better.

Our website has been overdue for a makeover. The day's finally come. And it is, indeed, new and improved.

Online readers are going to find our new online presence more useful and user-friendly in a number of ways:

Better and faster updating on breaking news. News will be coming straight out of the newsroom to the website without any posting delays.

Better comment management. New tools will help us raise the quality of community conversation, banning abusers and spammers. When you post a comment, you have the option of being notified by email of any follow-ups.

Better design and usability. Type is larger and easier to read, and navigational links are easier to click.

Profiles and pictures. Regular users will be able to create a public profile, upload a picture to be displayed with posts, and "follow" other users. Profiles include handy links to items each user has posted on the site.

Mobile services. Coming soon, if you visit with a smartphone or other mobile device, you'll get a mobile-optimized version of PeninsulaClarion.com. If you follow a link from Facebook or Twitter, you'll get a mobile-optimized page. You can read and write comments from a mobile device, too.

More to come. Nothing on the Web is really ever finished. The new site is a foundation for future development, including useful databases, broader community conversation and multimedia. We'll welcome your ideas and suggestions on this.

One thing that isn't going to change, though -- our commitment to local news.

The world is changing rapidly around us. A decade ago no one would've thought to find their news and information on their cellular telephone. Facebook and YouTube didn't exist. The cyber viewer's interaction with the internet was rudimentary and thought to be a clever distraction.

Today, the internet is everywhere. And it brings you the entire world.

But day in, day out, how many of you actually need the entire world?

More often, what you really need to know is "What's happening at home?" And that's something only we can provide. We'll never stop doing that -- no matter what the format, in cyber space or plain ol' paper.

Hope you enjoy the new look.

In short: For www.peninsulaclarion.com, spiffy new look, same news you need.





THE REC GUIDE

WINTER ACTIVITIES

If you think the Kenai Peninsula is beautiful in the summer, you should see it when cloaked under a thick blanket of white with the aurora borealis rippling through the celestial canopy above.

BERRIES OF THE KENAI PENINSULA

Whether intentionally seeking berries for jellies and jams or just out for a casual hike, residents and visitors will find the 50-some varieties of wild berries in Alaska hard to resist.

COMMON SENSE SURVIVAL

There’s adventure and beauty in the wild country, but also an element of risk.



2010 Peninsula Clarion award winners

Best Education Reporting
1st Place – Dante Petri, “All under one roof

Suzan Nightingale Award: Best Columnist

2nd Place – Will Morrow, “Voices of the Clarion”

Best Sustained Coverage

3rd Place – Dante Petri, “Mt. Redoubt Eruption”

Best News Photo

3rd Place – M. Scott Moon, “Bear Rescue

Best Photo Portrait
3rd Place – M. Scott Moon, “Ear Gauger

Best Audio Slideshow
2nd Place – M. Scott Moon, “Learning to ski

Best Use of Story and Photos by a Journalist
2nd Place – Joseph Robertia, “Dipnet disaster averted

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