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The new Southern News website

I was hired to give SCSU’s student newspaper’s website a cleaner, more modern look and to keep it up to date with each new weekly edition.  The previous website hadn’t been updated since October, and it looked like it was designed in the mid-90’s.

I think what I’ve come up with works very well.  I tied in SCSU to the design by using the school’s colors and by including the column of the school logo.  I used a Gothic font for the first two letters in the banner but I didn’t want it to feel too stiff, so I switched it over to a more simple serif font for the rest of the letters.  I tried to make the articles very easy to read and the structure easy to navigate.  I also tried to set it up in a way to encourage readers to leave feedback and to share the articles via Facebook and email. 

So far I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback and students seem to be using the site as I intended them too.  We had over 1,000 visitors during the first day and the traffic has remained steady ever since.  If you check it out please let me know what you think.