Oregon Coast Today Website Redesigned to meet growing mobile audience

Oregon Coast TodayLINCOLN CITY, Oregon —Our website has – as of this morning, August 19.

Audiences are consuming more information, not less. Among those who read community news on a phone or tablet, the growth rate is high. Because of this, we have implemented the single biggest change —a responsive design so that the site can be easily viewed on mobile and tablet devices with a focus on readability.

This redesign is a big step in our continuing digital advancement. It will allow us to flexibility in how we deliver our stories, information and advertising. The goal with the new site design is to give our readers a cleaner and less cluttered view of our offerings by improving the readability and attractiveness. The new site will also provide a better foundation from which new features and ideas can be added to the site in the future, which will benefit our readers and advertisers as well.

Our newsrooms, digital team and design teams have been hard at work for months with specialists from NewsCycle Solutions to create the new Oregon Coast Today site. Frequent readers of the site will notice some changes. We rethought every aspect of how to present our news online and how advertising is integrated. We needed to more fully engage our readers, attract new audience and better serve our advertisers’ needs.

If you have a problem finding something, we encourage you to use the site search. This might be the easiest way for readers to find familiar features until used to the redesign. Simply type what you’re looking for in the search box in the top right corner of every page.

Any design takes some getting used to. We ask you to be patient and understanding. We will be monitoring the new site during the launch phase and doing our best to fix any glitches or problems that arise. Try the new design for a few days and tell us what you think, what we’ve missed and what you like at online@oregoncoasttoday.com. The site will continue to evolve as we make small changes and fine-tune the site. It is an ongoing process of designing, gathering feedback and refining. Your feedback will help us.

Responsive Design

Implementing a responsive design was one of the main benefits in upgrading our site. Responsive design means that pages of our site are optimized for mobile and tablet browsing. The site will automatically resize to fit all computer and mobile-device screens. Because one unified site will fit all the different platforms, mobile readers will for the first time have access to all the same content available on the desktop site.

Advertising

The site redesign provided an opportunity to refine the placement of advertising on the site and allowing for larger ad sizes. The responsive design also allowed for adapting ad sizes presented on different screen sizes.

eEdition

Digital replicas of the Oregon Coast Today newspaper is available on desktop, as well as Apple and Android phone and tablet apps. The eEdition provides a page-by-page replica of the main Oregon Coast Today, as well as special sections.

Wallowa County Chieftain Redesigned Website Unveiled

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 7.00.15 PMENTERPRISE, Oregon —The news hasn’t changed, but the Wallowa County Chieftain website has, as of August 14.

The EO Media Group is excited to announce the redesign of the Wallowa website. This redesign is a big step in our continuing digital advancement. It will allow Wallowa the flexibility in how they deliver the news, information and advertising. The goal with the new site design is to give Wallowa readers a cleaner and less cluttered view of their offerings by improving the readability and attractiveness. The new site will also provide Wallowa with a better foundation from which new features and ideas can be added to the site in the future, which will benefit their readers and advertisers as well.

The Wallowa staff, EO Media Group Digital and Design Teams have been hard at work for months with specialists from NewsCycle Solutions to create the new Wallowa site. Frequent readers of the site will notice some changes.

Responsive Design

Implementing a responsive design was one of the main benefits in upgrading our site. Responsive design means that pages of our site is optimized for mobile and tablet browsing. The site will automatically resize to fit all computer and mobile-device screens. Because one unified site will fit all the different platforms, mobile readers will for the first time have access to all the same content available on the desktop site. Only selected stories in each section were displayed on the previous mobile site, making it hard for readers to find the content they were looking for.

Screen Shot 2014-08-05 at 11.33.12 AMAdvertising and classifieds

The site redesign provided an opportunity to refine the placement of advertising on the site and allowing for larger ad sizes. The responsive design also allowed for adapting ad sizes presented on different screen sizes.

Another big change is in the look and feel of the classifieds and will now be available at EastOregonMarketplace.com. This site is also built in responsive design allowing readers the flexibility to navigate the listings on the go. The previous site’s classifieds were not mobile friendly. Many other features have been added to our classifieds to allow for sharing, expanded listings and much more.

eEdition

Digital replicas of the Wallowa newspaper is available on desktop, as well as Apple and Android phone and tablet apps. The eEdition provides a page-by-page replica of the main Blue Mountain Eagle, as well as special sections.

Print newspaper subscribers receive full access to the digital eEdition included with their subscription. The eEdition app can be set up to automatically download each week’s newspaper for viewing even when not connected to the Internet. The apps are free to download through iTunes, Google Play and the Kindle App store, but a subscription is required to view the eEditions.

Any design takes some getting used to. A team will be monitoring the new site during the launch phase and doing our best to fix any glitches or problems that arise. Try the new design for a few days and tell us what you think, what we’ve missed and what you like at feedback@wallowa.com The site will continue to evolve as small changes are made and the site is fine-tuned. It is an ongoing process of designing, gathering feedback and refining.

 

Coastal Publications Get Redesigned Websites

DA smartphone and tablets new site_edited-2Astoria, Oregon —The news hasn’t changed, but our website has – as of this morning, August 6. Audiences are consuming more news, not less. Among those who read the news on a phone or tablet, the growth rate is high. Because of this, we have implemented the single biggest change —a responsive design so that the site can be easily viewed on mobile and tablet devices with a focus on readability. This redesign is a big step in our continuing digital advancement. It will allow us flexibility in how we deliver our news, information and advertising.

The goal with the new site design is to give our readers a cleaner and less cluttered view of our offerings by improving the readability and attractiveness. The new site will also provide ourselves with a better foundation from which new features and ideas can be added to the site in the future, which will benefit our readers and advertisers as well. Our newsrooms, digital team and design teams have been hard at work for months with specialists from NewsCycle Solutions to create the new Daily Astorian site.

Frequent readers of the site will notice some changes. The site will not only be home to the Daily Astorian news, but readers will have the added benefit of content from the Seaside Signal, Cannon Beach Gazette and Coast River Business Journal all in one place. Every member of the newsroom staff has been trained on how to post stories and pictures to the new site allowing for more regularly, sometimes directly from the field posting. We rethought every aspect of how to present our news online and how advertising is integrated. We needed to more fully engage our readers, attract new audience and better serve our advertisers’ needs.

If you have a problem finding something, we encourage you to use the site search. This might be the easiest way for readers to find familiar features until used to the redesign. Simply type what you’re looking for in the search box in the top right corner of every page. Ultimately, though, the site should be easier for readers to navigate. Any design takes some getting used to. We ask you to be patient and understanding. We will be monitoring the new site during the launch phase and doing our best to fix any glitches or problems that arise.

Try the new design for a few days and tell us what you think, what we’ve missed and what you like at feedback@dailyastorian.com. The site will continue to evolve as we make small changes and fine-tune the site. It is an ongoing process of designing, gathering feedback and refining. Your feedback will help us.

Responsive Design

Implementing a responsive design was one of the main benefits in upgrading our site. Responsive design means that pages of our site is optimized for mobile and tablet browsing. The site will automatically resize to fit all computer and mobile-device screens. Because one unified site will fit all the different platforms, mobile readers will for the first time have access to all the same content available on the desktop site. Only selected stories in each section were displayed on the previous mobile site, making it hard for readers to find the content they were looking for.

Coast Marketplace Advertising and classifieds

The site redesign provided an opportunity to refine the placement of advertising on the site and the responsive design also allowed for adapting ad sizes presented on different screen sizes. Another big change is in the look and feel of the classifieds and will now be available at CoastMarketplace.com. This site is also built in responsive design allowing readers the flexibility to navigate the listings on the go. The previous site’s classifieds were not mobile friendly. Many other features have been added to our classifieds to allow for sharing, expanded listings and much more.

eEdition

Digital replicas of The Astorian, Gazette, Signal and Business Journal newspapers are available on desktop, as well as Apple and Android phone and tablet apps. The eEdition provides a page-by-page replica of the main publication, as well as special sections and a marketplace of all display ads. Print newspaper subscribers receive full access to the digital eEdition for each of the publications, included with their subscription. The eEdition app can be set up to automatically download each week’s newspaper for viewing even when not connected to the Internet. The apps are free to download through iTunes, Google Play and the Kindle App store, but a subscription is required to view the eEditions. To subscribe, call 800-781-3211 or online at www.DailyAstorian.com/Subscribe

About EO Media Group

EO Media Group is the most valuable and respected source of local news, advertising and information for our communities. EO Media Group which has been under the same family ownership since 1908, operates eleven newspapers and 20 websites in Oregon and Washington. 

Publications and associated websites in the EO Media Group include: The Blue Mountain Eagle of John Day, Cannon Beach GazetteCapital PressChinook Observer on the Washington Coast, Coast River Business JournalThe Daily AstorianEast Oregonian of Pendleton, The Hermiston HeraldOregon Coast TodaySeaside Signal and Wallowa County Chieftain.

Defying trend, Oregon newspaper companies launch new Salem bureau

Salem bureau team
August 1, 2014

A recent study by Pew Research shows that Oregon, in comparison with most other states, has very few news reporters focused on state government.

Two Oregon newspaper companies — the Pamplin Media Group and the EO Media Group, which together own 35 newspapers — are launching a joint venture to improve the level of coverage in Salem. The two companies have combined their resources to create a Salem bureau that will offer timely and in-depth news about state agencies, the governor’s office and the Oregon Legislature.

The Salem bureau will house three full-time reporters. The Oregon Capital InsEOMG Logo colorider bureau will be located at the Capital Press newspaper in Salem. To launch the bureau, the two companies have hired two veteran journalists who are familiar with the state and its politics — Peter Wong and Alan Gustafson, both formerly with the Salem Statesman Journal. They will be joined by Mateusz Perkowski, a veteran reporter at the Capital Press who will provide coverage of water and other natural resource issues.

This new venture comes at a time when coverage of state capitols has declined significantly. The Pew Research study found that the number of newspaper reporters assigned full time to state capitols nationwide had declined 35 percent in the past 11 years. The ranks of capitol reporters are even thinner in Oregon, which, according to Pew, has one of the smallest statehouse reporting contingents when compared with the state’s population. (http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/07/21/how-statehouse-reporting-power-compares-with-a-states-population/)

Pamplin Media GroupThe Oregon Capital Insider bureau brings together two companies with a wide geographic footprint in Oregon. Pamplin Media Group owns 25 twice-weekly, weekly and monthly newspapers covering Portland and its suburbs, as well as communities in the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon. The EO Media Group includes 10 daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly publications serving communities in Eastern Oregon and the Oregon Coast. It also owns the Capital Press, which covers agricultural issues in the Northwest, and the Chinook Observer on the southern Washington coast.

Through their printed and online publications, the two companies reach about 1.5 million Oregonians each week — a number equivalent to roughly half of the state’s adult population.

“While statehouse news coverage is diminishing in Oregon and across the nation, our media groups have chosen to invest in increased scrutiny of state government,” said Steve Forrester, president of the EO Media Group.

Mark Garber, president of the newspaper division for Pamplin Media Group, added: “The Pamplin Media Group and EO Media Group are quite different in many respects, including the markets they serve, but they have several strengths in common. Both companies are owned by long-time Oregonians who care very deeply about this state. That’s why they are willing to invest in better coverage of state government even while other news organizations are cutting back. Both companies also have a strong tradition of balanced and responsible journalism. Together, we expect to offer the very best coverage available about issues in Salem that affect all Oregon residents.”

Adam Davis, founder of DHM Research in Portland, says his firm’s research over a period of many years has shown that Oregon residents want and need more information about how state government operates.

“By almost a four to one margin, Oregonians feel more negative than positive about state government compared to two years ago,” Davis said. “Exacerbating the situation is low public awareness of how state government works and how it positively contributes to people’s quality of life.”

Davis hopes the joint venture between the Pamplin Media and EO Media groups will result in better information for the public.

“The Oregon Capital Insider bureau represents an opportunity to start turning the tide of this negativity and low awareness with more coverage of the legislative, administrative, and judicial branches of our state government. This is so important considering Oregon is at a crossroads in so many ways and needs all three sectors of our economy — private, non-profit and public — working together with good information.”

In addition to writing newspaper articles about state government, the reporters in the Salem bureau also will produce a subscription-based electronic newsletter that will keep its readers up to date on the latest trends and activities in state agencies and the Legislature. The newsletter, which will be launched in the late fall, will be available for an annual fee.

“Our new bureau will deliver coverage to our newspaper readers and — in more in-depth and specialized fashion — to a new subscription-based online newsletter,” Forrester explained.

 

Publications and associated websites in the Pamplin Media Group include: the Portland Tribune, the Beaverton Valley Times, Canby Herald, Central Oregonian in Prineville, Clackamas Review, Estacada News, Forest Grove News-Times, Gresham Outlook, Hillsboro Tribune, King City Regal Courier, Lake Oswego Review, Madras Pioneer, Molalla Pioneer, Newberg Graphic, Nickel Ads of Portland, Oregon City News, Sherwood Gazette, Southwest Community Connection, South County Spotlight in Columbia County, the Bee serving the Sellwood and Eastmoreland areas, Sandy Post, Tigard-Tualatin Times, Woodburn Independent, West Linn Tidings and Wilsonville Spokesman.

Publications and associated websites in the EO Media Group include: The Blue Mountain Eagle of John Day, Cannon Beach Gazette, Capital Press, Chinook Observer on the Washington Coast, Coast River Business Journal, The Daily Astorian, East Oregonian of Pendleton, The Hermiston Herald, Oregon Coast Today, Seaside Signal and Wallowa County Chieftain.

EO Media Group receives two national awards

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July 18, 2014  —  EO Media Group today announced the company received two Local Media Association (LMA) awards, including a category win. 

The LMA, which represents more than 2,200 local news outlets in the United States and Canada, recognizes the best in digital media each year and presented awards in 18 categories. These media companies represent some of the best and most LMALogoinnovate websites in the local media industry. 

EO Media Group’s Oregon Coast Today’s (OCT) Facebook page (www.facebook.com/oregoncoasttoday) was awarded a win in Best Use of Social Media for sites with monthly unique visitors less then 100,000. Judges cited the huge following on Facebook and how OCT “keeps followers engaged with great pics and promotions.”

Oregon Coast Today LogoThe second award was given to Only Ag as an Honorable Mention for Best Site Vertical for the site’s “speedy performance designed for mobile”. OnlyAG.com is a national search site that allows farmers and ranchers to buy and sell equipment, livestock and more. This is OnlyAg’s second LMA award. 

EO Media Group has previously won awards from LMA, including two first place wins and one second place honor in 2012.

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About EO Media Group

EO Media Group is the most valuable and respected source of local news, advertising and information for our communities. EO Media Group which has been under the same family ownership since 1908, operates eleven newspapers and 20 websites in Oregon and Washington.