Paddock Media, publishers of the Daily Herald and Reflejos, has released a new look for DailyHerald.com. According to the publisher, the new design also includes “a significant step forward in not only the presentation, but also in the organization, performance and functionality.”
DailyHerald.com is also introducing a new section for each city, town or village, each with its own community resource guide, maps, general info, historic photos, local government contacts and more.
Across the entire DailyHerald.com website, integration of social media like Twitter and Facebook will be available. Readers can tweet a story, and share it on Facebook or see if their Facebook friends liked it as well.
Paddock Media reports that DailyHerald.com is viewed by 1.4 million unique visitors each month. In recent years the newspaper circulation has been reported to be about 151,190 Daily, and 149,613 on Sundays.
By comparison The Cardinal — Arlingtoncardinal.com and supporting websites, such as map website StreetsofArlington.com was viewed by about 53,000 viewers in the month of August, 2010 — up from about 26,000 in August, 2009.
Another new source of news is Patch.com from AOL.com has been introduced to suburban Chicago in recent months. Local-oriented news services for Buffalo Grove, Barrington, Des Plaines and many other suburban communities have been rolled out. Patch was acquired by AOL on June 11, 2009. AOL paid an estimated $7 million in cash for the news platform as part of its effort to reinvent itself as a news content provider. In 2010, AOL announced it would be investing $50 million or more into the Patch.com network.
The Cardinal — Arlingtoncardinal.com links to most major news websites at the bottom of the front page excerpts and at the bottom of the body of each article.