I Tried Using New News Site ...

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... but half the site didn't load this morning. Instead, I kept getting the message, "Sorry you are experiencing a delay. Please try your request again." And it won't verify my subscriber account -- now I have to call just so I can read that story about how "Carrollton councilman urges residents to join him in losing weight." Um ... no. Of course, that'll get worked out soon enough; they had a launch date and were sticking to it, kinks and knots and all.

Still, "the next generation" desktop News doesn't look very 2.0 -- 1.2, maybe. (Everything's been shuffled around just enough to make it confusing, headlines are bigger, and blogs are now buried ... somewhere -- though there will be more of 'em!) Which may be the point: Jim Moroney did hint he's trying to move readers off the website and onto the iPad app, where most of the stories this morning are hidden behind the paywall. All is explained on the WTF page: "Although many sites may claim to offer local news, only dallasnews.com can provide online the insights and perspectives of the experienced journalists at The Dallas Morning News." That, right there, that's a shot.
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trashtalk
trashtalk

The front page makes governor bighair look like the second coming, and then there's all the sports news-only messiah-like.

It's really not like journalism, or a newsmagazine, or anything natural.

Question is ....how does the NYT cover both nyc and the world for free online, when the DMN now looks like a political advertisement--whipped up and frothy--but we are supposed to pay for it?

No Pay To Play
No Pay To Play

I'm glad they gave me a good reason to ignore them altogether now.

LaceyB
LaceyB

I asked the boyfriend on Sunday if he was planning to buy into DMN, more in jest than not, him knowing I am such a DOb groupie. He said, "Yeah, I probably will buy it." The bed was quiet that night, except for his snoring.

Lee
Lee

They had a long time to figure this out and they could have delayed the launch until it was well tested and ready. This is a fiasco. Unless they unbury the blogs and fix the navigation, I won't have much of a reason to go there.

Richard
Richard

I wonder how newspapers like the Dallas Morning News react to this new Apple demand; will Apple do this in the US too (or do they already..is that why subscription prices are through the roof for the DMN?).. http://www.breitbart.com/artic...

Bluto
Bluto

Makes me miss the Times Herald.

LakeWWWooder
LakeWWWooder

Can't get the comments to load - and I tried their 'suggestions'. Also getting delays on certain stories. I'm paying for two subscriptions and geees...seems to me there's going to be a huge fall-off in their traffic.

I was trying to send out and post to Facebook the obit about Georgia Carroll who was the inspiration for the Spirit of The Centennial Statue at Fair Park (Women's Museum) and an actress, singer, model and the wife of bandleader Kay Kyser. She was a 1937 graduate of Woodrow so I wanted to get the world out to fellow alums - but the 'new' News was a hindrance.

I found a way around it by posting the story from the TXCN site.

Publicnewssense
Publicnewssense

Where are the obituaries? Only one I could find was Twinkle Bayoud Underwood and that's old news....

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Congrats, DMN. Your web page made a massive leap from a 1997 design all the way to 2003!

Jean Val Jean
Jean Val Jean

Yeah, that's how my blog looked 5 years ago. Welcome to 2005.

Elizabeth Bair
Elizabeth Bair

Is anyone else getting sick of the new DMN commercials?

Montemalone
Montemalone

So after the free trial runs out, the online readership will plunge, plummet, dive, crash...to a number lower than the dead tree subscribers.Advertisers will then say, why?I predict a price increase March 1.

rubbercow
rubbercow

Just took it off my RSS. What a bunch of jerks....

pak152
pak152

it looks like they wiped out all the comments for the edboard's blog. when one clicks on the comments link for each posting, nothing comes up

pak152
pak152

when i click on the WTF page link I get the following

Sorry you are experiencing a delay. Please try your request again.

Error: V2

pak152
pak152

inconsistent loading and results. opinion blog doesn't show comment count, wonder if blogs will be behind paywall, and since I live outside the ODT delivery zone I looked to see what an online subscription would cost. well the lowest was price was for Sunday delivery plus online for about $3.78 per week. WTH?? that is just under $16 per month. would love to see them try to deliver the ODT Sunday final 5 star edition to me by 7 am ET on Sundays since I live in Virginia ;-)Did Jimmy 3 Sticks ever consider an online price divorced from the ODT? you know like the WSJ? for the WSJ I payless than $10 per month

G_David
G_David

It said I could keep reading for free for a limited time if I was a registered user. Tried to log in, and it took me to a page where I had to update profile. Address, phone number, first and last name were all mandatory. I went to NYtimes.com and removed the DMN website from my favorites toolbar. I'm done with it.

Buckeye
Buckeye

Today's DMN Metro Section was a total of six pages - including obits and the weather. Not really very much in the way of "insights and perspectives of the experienced journalists..."

hammertimez
hammertimez

"Can’t open the page “http://rangersblog.dallasnews.... because the server where this page is located isn’t responding."

sweet...also, thanks DMN for today's Inside the Ranger's newsletter link that sent me to Evan's story from December 1st, 2010.

David Swinney
David Swinney

The new Dallas Morning News website is clearly an improvement over the old one, but it is FAR from cutting edge. And it's unfortunate that they've buried the blogs under each major topic area and then provided inconsistent placement for them and navigation to them across the site.

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

After all this time, this is the best they could come up with?

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

But the subscription stuff is free until Feb. 14. If you can log in and see it.

warden62
warden62

The layout looks cleaner than it did before in my opinion. However, I did perform an experiment. I turned off AdBlock Plus in Firefox and reloaded dallasnews.com. They still have the same amount of annoying ads, maybe even more.

Are they gonna try to integrate 3 ad popups per page load in their iPad app, too?

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

Except, you know, all the content and shit. And the fact that I won't see the same garbage "above the fold" day after day on the NYT

Colin
Colin

The entire website reads like one for the DMN.

Meh.
Meh.

"It's more than Dallas. It's more than the morning. It's more than the news."They make me stabby.

pak152
pak152

the edblog didn't show up in my Google reader this a.m.

donae
donae

Same with comments on a lot of the Parkland articles.

Bill
Bill

Same here. I cannot get it to load and get the same message. Totally worthless. If you are going to roll out something like this and make people pay through the nose, it should at least work. What a joke.

MHaag
MHaag

The iPad app hasn't been released. You're looking at the iPhone app on your iPad. That's why it looks bad.

rubbercow
rubbercow

Yep, OC Blog hasn't updated since the 14th. Oh well.....

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