Star-Ledger: Seriously messing with my morning

I read the Star-Ledger’s online access –  nj.com – (and everybody else’s online access) every day. Several times a day.

That’s routine’s tougher and more annoying than it used to be, for a couple different reasons. Some of the outlets are now behind a paywall (easy to understand why, easier to maneuver around them). But what I want to drop kick out my second-story window is nj.com, homepage of New Jersey’s paper of record.

My day starts absurdly early with compiling the daily (except Saturday) Morning News Roundup. At the hour I start that nightmare of html coding, I’m bleary-eyed. I used to do the whole shebang (including reading through dozens of articles) utterly without coffee, which was … all … the … way … downstairs … in the kitchen; percolating seductively but distantly. That is until yesterday, when I finally got smart and installed a coffee station in the bedroom (with this tiny little genius of a coffee maker, just $24.99, taking up no space and changing my life). Oy, the luxury.

About a week ago, Star-Ledger changed everything about their online visage.

The colors (ew, beige). The location of key features (suddenly, giant info-boxes – now, largely fixed). Most of all, damningly, the font. Where before there was clean, web-friendly sans serif of reasonable size, there is now a vast choppy sea of ugly, choppy, blockheadlines, requiring considerably more scrolling to get through all the new stuff, and causing an early-morning headache even my light roast caramel caffeine nirvana can’t break through.

About a year ago, somebody at northjersey.com (the recently upgraded online version of The Record) asked me how they should improve the look and feel of their site. I had to tell them nj.com did it all better. Not so much anymore.

Good news is nj.com heard a howl of protest from all of us online readers sadly resistant to change. Within a few days of the rollout, they copped to the problems, and promised to fix. Good on them, and this reader will gladly give them the “few months” (yeah that seems long) to continue the upgrade. And I’ll still buy the dead tree version most days, too. Journalism, even when I find fault in it, is something I like investing in.

Just fix it. There isn’t enough coffee in the world.  

Star-Ledger: Seriously messing with my morning

I read the Star-Ledger’s online access –  nj.com – (and everybody else’s online access) every day. Several times a day.

That’s routine’s tougher and more annoying than it used to be, for a couple different reasons. Some of the outlets are now behind a paywall (easy to understand why, easier to maneuver around them). But what I want to drop kick out my second-story window is nj.com, homepage of New Jersey’s paper of record.

My day starts absurdly early with compiling the daily (except Saturday) Morning News Roundup. At the hour I start that nightmare of html coding, I’m bleary-eyed. I used to do the whole shebang (including reading through dozens of articles) utterly without coffee, which was … all … the … way … downstairs … in the kitchen; percolating seductively but distantly. That is until yesterday, when I finally got smart and installed a coffee station in the bedroom (with this tiny little genius of a coffee maker, just $24.99, taking up no space and changing my life). Oy, the luxury.

About a week ago, Star-Ledger changed everything about their online visage.

The colors (ew, beige). The location of key features (suddenly, giant info-boxes – now, largely fixed). Most of all, damningly, the font. Where before there was clean, web-friendly sans serif of reasonable size, there is now a vast choppy sea of ugly, choppy, blockheadlines, requiring considerably more scrolling to get through all the new stuff, and causing an early-morning headache even my light roast caramel caffeine nirvana can’t break through.

About a year ago, somebody at northjersey.com (the recently upgraded online version of The Record, asked me how they should improve the look and feel of their site. I had to tell them nj.com did it all better. Not so much anymore.

Good news is nj.com heard a howl of protest from all of us online readers sadly resistant to change. Within a few days of the rollout, they copped to the problems, and promised to fix. Good on them, and this reader will gladly give them the “few months” (yeah that seems long) to continue the upgrade. And I’ll still buy the dead tree version most days, too. Journalism, even when I find fault in it, is something I like investing in.

Just fix it. There isn’t enough coffee in the world.  

Star-Ledger: Seriously messing with my morning

I read the Star-Ledger’s online access –  nj.com – (and everybody else’s online access) every day. Several times a day.

That’s routine’s tougher and more annoying than it used to be, for a couple different reasons. Some of the outlets are now behind a paywall (easy to understand why, easier to maneuver around them). But what I want to drop kick out my second-story window is nj.com, homepage of New Jersey’s paper of record.

My day starts absurdly early with compiling the daily (except Saturday) Morning News Roundup. At the hour I start that nightmare of html coding, I’m bleary-eyed. I used to do the whole shebang (including reading through dozens of articles) utterly without coffee, which was … all … the … way … downstairs … in the kitchen; percolating seductively but distantly. That is until yesterday, when I finally got smart and installed a coffee station in the bedroom (with this tiny little genius of a coffee maker, just $24.99, taking up no space and changing my life). Oy, the luxury.

About a week ago, Star-Ledger changed everything about their online visage.

The colors (ew, beige). The location of key features (suddenly, giant info-boxes – now, largely fixed). Most of all, damningly, the font. Where before there was clean, web-friendly sans serif of reasonable size, there is now a vast choppy sea of ugly, choppy, blockheadlines, requiring considerably more scrolling to get through all the new stuff, and causing an early-morning headache even my light roast caramel caffeine nirvana can’t break through.

About a year ago, somebody at northjersey.com (the recently upgraded online version of The Record, asked me how they should improve the look and feel of their site. I had to tell them nj.com did it all better. Not so much anymore.

Good news is nj.com heard a howl of protest from all of us online readers sadly resistant to change. Within a few days of the rollout, they copped to the problems, and promised to fix. Good on them, and this reader will gladly give them the “few months” (yeah that seems long) to continue the upgrade. And I’ll still buy the dead tree version most days, too. Journalism, even when I find fault in it, is something I like investing in.

Just fix it. There isn’t enough coffee in the world.  

Comments (6)

  1. SmartyJones

    I’m sorry Rosi, you can’t be a serious coffee drinker.  Unless you also get high on one beer.

    Thank you and others for complaining to NJ.com.  I was going to write them a letter, but I didn’t have time.  It seems as if there is strength in your numbers – so they agreed. Who paid these people a lot of money for this drek?

    I was so annoyed by their layout, I was going to quit reading online.

    That would have been a shame.  Although they have a lot of fluff pieces, occaisionaly there appears a bit of hard hitting journalism.

    If you are in the mood for complaining, please go after Northjersey.com for those fracking ZINC ads.  I’m about ready to quit the online edition because the ads pop up while I am waking up drinking my dark roast, organic something or other that I buy at Zabars for about 1M a pound.  If you go after Northjersey.com, and win, I’ll send you a pound.  Stupid Light Roast Caramel, if they’ve heard of it.  But their people are creative; they’ll make it up.

    While you are on to changes, is there any way that BJ could add a spell check feature?  I think I had this conversation with Melli, and the answer iwas “no.”  Have things changed?  I hate making myself a spelling a$$.

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