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Sunday, March 01, 2009

How I read the SJ-R on line

This may not be the most typical way people read the State Journal-Register on the Internet, but I bet a lot do:

  • Grab the various news feeds in Google Reader (my current news aggregator of choice)
  • As articles appear in the reader, and if the title and/or first paragraph is appealing, open it in a separate browser tab
  • After I'm done reading the article, scan that web page for any ads that might be of interest (hardly ever, but sometimes)
  • Scan the right hand column for recent stories I might have missed, and also most commented stories, and click on those if interesting
  • Sometimes I go to the archives page to see if there are any other recent articles I missed or want to go back to

In case it's not obvious, I rarely go the home page. It doesn't work for me. It's too cluttered for my purposes.

Strangely, I can't put my hands on a separate page that has links to all the paper's RSS feeds right now. However, each section (news, editorial, sports, etc.) has an RSS link with a little orange symbol next to it for that section's feed. Some sections don't have a feed (classifieds, obituaries), so you have to remember to make yourself go there.

The paper outputs articles to its RSS feed several times a day: Generally, when they "publish the paper" late at night, and throughout the day as news happens. (Edit to clarify: The publishing of the articles in the RSS feeds happens at the same time as the publishing of the articles on the SJ-R.com.)

Another way to get articles is to subscribe to SJ-R Breaking in Twitter. However, I'm not relying on this as a primary source. The SJ-R also has a YouTube channel which sends out weekly e-mails with updates.

I hope this makes sense. If not, let me know.

Semi-related: How to read Springfield blogs tutorial (May 2007).

Posted by Marie at March 1, 2009 4:45 PM

Comments

Most of the time anymore, I just read the Sjr Twitter feed and sort and read the articles I find appealing.

I agree that the home page is cluttered multiple columns and sections that make it difficult to have any continual reading flow.

One of the best examples of how a front page should look online would be the NY Times. http://www.nytimes.com/

Posted by: shoo at March 2, 2009 1:25 AM

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