Montclair Local’s new website launches: The redesigned MontclairLocal.news
Montclair Local has launched a completely new design for MontclairLocal.news — geared toward making it easier for you to find information about the community, and taking our nonprofit newsroom yet another step closer to long-term sustainability.
The new site has a cleaner, more modern appearance, with faster load times and new navigation that makes it easier to find your way around. The "infinite scroll" feature helps you find more articles that might pique your interest. A new "linkinbio" page makes it easier to find stories we're talking about on Instagram.
Little touches, like the option for our staff to customize headlines in search results and on social media, should make it easier for you to discover the stories that matter most to you. There are weather forecasts right on MontclairLocal.news as well. You'll notice lots of small enhancements that make the site a more pleasant, fluid, feature-rich experience, especially as our staff starts taking advantage of some new design and technology at our disposal.
Soon you'll find comprehensive local event listings. We're still working on the presentation of the calendar, but expect to launch it in the next few weeks.
Montclair Local is launching its site in collaboration with Townsquare Media, one of the nation's largest radio and digital media companies (and also, incidentally, my former employer). Townsquare is providing us with free hosting and support — replacing a service that's been hugely valuable to us, but that has also cost our nonprofit newsroom several hundred dollars every month. We're sharing revenue from a curated selection of programmatic ads. Whenever Townsquare develops a tool for its teams, we'll get access to the same functionality.
It's an important step on our journey toward sustainability. For the first time, we expect our website to consistently make Montclair Local Nonprofit News more money than it costs to operate, while giving our team more sophisticated ways to serve you.
As a 501c(3) nonprofit, Montclair Local aims to buck the trend toward cutting back on local news we see in so many commercial operations. Your membership of $10 a month or more gets you our print edition, and helps meet basic costs for our journalism and for delivering our work in print and online. If you’re not yet a member, or you’d consider an additional gift, see MontclairLocal.news/donations to make a contribution.
Our new arrangement with Townsquare means we can take your contributions further — applying more of your dollars to our journalism and fewer to the tools we use to deliver it.
The site is new to us, too. Our staff is continuing to explore its capabilities and options we have for presenting news in creative and accessible ways. If you like what you see, or have suggestions about how to make it better, message me at email@example.com.
And keep your eyes peeled: We’ll have another big announcement about our online offerings later this month.
Thanks as always for showing Montclair Local the support that makes growth like this possible.
— Louis C. Hochman, editor in chief