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U Record unveils new Web site design

The University Record has launched a new Web site that is cleaner, more modern and easier to navigate than the earlier design.

The new site, http://www.umich.edu/~urecord, offers synopses of two main stories and moves links to accolades, news briefs, events, job listings and other information to the first page of the site to make for easier navigation.

"The new site is designed with the reader in mind," says Laurel Thomas Gnagey, executive editor of the Record. "We have more news up front, above the scroll. It's consistent with what other news organizations are doing."

The design has its own look but reflects changes recently made to the sites for the University gateway and News and Information Services (NIS), including the use of similar colors and streamlined layouts on the three connected sites.

"Like the gateway redesign, the new Record is intended to create an improved showcase for University achievements and activities," says Nancy Connell, director of NIS.

The site enables the Record to deliver news that happens between printed issues of the paper via a "breaking news" button that links to fresh stories about major events or important University-wide announcements. The site is updated as major events occur.

The new design represents the work of staff of the Record, NIS Web resources manager Lenny Zenith, and Marketing Communications staffers Deborah Gibson, senior designer; Carol Hellman, assistant director; and Scott Williams, Web project manager.

The Record's print version, distributed to 22,500 staff, faculty and retirees, will get a facelift later this year.

To comment about the new site, e-mail Gnagey at ltgnagey@umich.edu.



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