This morning, the Globe and Mail launched their redesigned newspaper and website.
The print edition’s overhaul incorporates colour on every page, the use of different paper stocks and enhanced editorial coverage, including a greater focus on providing insight and editorial commentary. Trumpeting their accomplishments with Report on Business and a second consecutive Emmy Award for in-depth reportage on Afghanistan, it’s clear that they’re positioning themselves as the moral compass of the majority of Canadians.
Their website, meanwhile, has been tweaked — and, in my opinion, improved over the most recent design — to foster enhanced readibility, organization and depth. The random uses of colour bars that plagued the last site design are gone from this one, replaced instead by colour highlights of section titles at the top. Like any good media company in 2010, they’re bringing a lot more video, commentary and fast-breaking news to the site — and the decision to keep comments but only activated by clicking a button at the bottom of each article is a good one, giving the viewer the choice to simply read the news or to also participate.
As editor-in-chief John Stackhouse says in his explanatory column, “we want to be the nation’s leading source on our shared direction – in politics and policy – as well as our economy, culture and social interaction. We will continue to dominate Canadian business and economics news, in print and online…We’re also striving for new voices and insights, to help Canadians seize the 21st century rather than yearn for the 20th. You’ll find those voices in our news and Comment pages, and this weekend in a reconfigured Focus section that aims to be the spark of every great (and if necessary, outrageous) Canadian debate.”