By Laura Kaae
Killeen Daily Herald
The Killeen Daily Herald Web site, www.kdhnews.com, has a new look to it, thanks to months of redesign by the online news staff.
Online editor Natalie T. Hull and Web programmer Steve Gietz launched the site Monday, which now offers more photos, stories, columns and easier-to-use features.
Sections of the newspaper that haven’t been posted online in the past are now available, such as the Religion, Weekender and Scene sections, Hull said.
One of the biggest new features of the site will be the increased photo coverage posted, she said.
“People will be able to view entire photo shoots from our professional photographers, including those that didn’t make it into the paper,” Hull said. “Readers will be able to purchase photos as well.”
Other changes include a new and improved archive system that allows readers to look up stories from the database, which dates back to 2004.
“What we’re trying to do is open up our news to a newer generation that is used to getting their news online,” Hull said.
Though there will be many new features for readers to view, one thing that won’t change is the commitment to breaking news, she said.
Hull noted that the online and editorial staffs have made a concerted effort to keep the Web site updated with breaking news in recent months.
“We’re staying on top of news and informing readers as we get information,” she said. “With the Internet, we need to be staying on top of things as much as possible — moving with the times instead of following them.”
Marc Gilbert, managing editor of the Killeen Daily Herald, said the changes to the Web site reflect the direction news coverage is heading.
“We’re finding that more and more readers are looking at our Web site,” he said, attributing some of that increased online traffic to the success of the newspaper’s sports site, www.kdhpressbox.com.
“Online news coverage has become a bigger priority,” he said.
Gilbert said the revamped site will be easier to navigate, and readers will be able to more easily access information and news as soon as reporters begin covering it.
“This is the way news organizations are going,” he said. “We’ll be able to respond to breaking news as well as anyone in the market.”
Comments about the Web site can be sent to Hull at firstname.lastname@example.org